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[Postoperative pain in patients admitted to Norwegian hospitals].

  • Academic Journal
  • Fredheim OM; Nasjonalt kompetansesenter for sammensatte lidelser og Forskningsgruppe smerte og palliasjon, Institutt for sirkulasjon og bildediagnostikk, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Norway.
    Kvarstein G
    Undall E
    Stubhaug A
    Rustøen T
    Borchgrevink PC
  • Tidsskrift for den Norske laegeforening : tidsskrift for praktisk medicin, ny raekke [Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen] 2011 Sep 20; Vol. 131 (18), pp. 1763-7.
  • Norwegian
  • Background: Postoperative pain management is important for patients' well-being and mobility. It also reduces the length of hospital stays and prevents complications. Based on our own clinical experience, data on pain in cancer patients from Norway and on postoperative pain from other countries, we expected that a substantial proportion of patients staying in Norwegian hospitals would report postoperative pain of high intensity.
    Material and Methods: 215 in-patients from 14 Norwegian hospitals participated in a study of pain during the first 24 hours after operations. The study was based on medical records and data reported by the patients themselves.
    Results: On an 11-point numerical scale, the mean intensity of pain was 3.0 (SD 2.1) during the first 24 hours. 8 % of patients reported that the intensity of even the weakest pain during rest had been ≥ 4, 38 % reported a mean intensity ≥ 4 and 11 % reported a mean ≥ 6. The medical records contained information about the intensity of postoperative pain for only 22 % of the patients. Reports from patients indicated that 52 % had been asked to report the intensity of pain on a scale as part of the hospital routine, while 78 % and 74 % had been asked about the need for additional pain alleviation and whether the medication was effective.
    Interpretation: Many patients reported pain of strong intensity during the first 24 hours after operations. There is a great potential for improved documentation and treatment of pain.
Additional Information
Postoperativ smerte hos pasienter innlagt i norske sykehus.
Publisher: Norske Laegeforening Country of Publication: Norway NLM ID: 0413423 Publication Model: Print Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 0807-7096 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 00292001 NLM ISO Abbreviation: Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen Subsets: MEDLINE
Publication: Oslo : Norske Laegeforening
Original Publication: Chistiania : Alb. Cammermeyer, 1880-
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Date Created: 20110928 Date Completed: 20111102 Latest Revision: 20141120