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The attitudes of older people and nurses towards chronic pain: A critical literature review

The attitudes of older people and nurses towards chronic pain: A critical literature review

Devkota, Rashmi, Schofield, Patricia and Shrestha, Shovana (2013) The attitudes of older people and nurses towards chronic pain: A critical literature review. Indian Journal of Gerontology, 27 (1). pp. 88-121. ISSN 0971-4189

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Abstract

The paper aims to present a comprehensive literature review to critically appraise research focusing on the attitudes of nurses and older people towards chronic pain. It is well known that the global population is ageing. Given that chronic pain is a common problem in later life. Pain assessment and management should be a priority for nurses working with older people. However, pain management is impeded by widespread misconceptions about chronic pain amongst both older people and nurses. All the studies meeting the inclusion criteria were obtained from electronic searches and hand searches of journals, books and research reports, with further references obtained from the bibliographies of retrieved articles. Among the large number of studies retrieved, only twenty relevant papers were selected and finally, a total of sixteen papers were included in the review. The findings of this review revealed that misconceptions regarding chronic pain and ageing influenced the attitudes of older people and nurses towards chronic pain assessment and management. Also, that there are some barriers which contribute to negative attitudes of older people.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] This article was published in the Indian Journal of Gerontology, Vol. 27, No. 1: "Special Issue on Populations within a Population: Vulnerable Older Adults".
Uncontrolled Keywords: chronic pain, persistent pain, attitude, older people, health care practitioner, critical literature review
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Acute & Continuing Care
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:23
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9467

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