Statistics from Altmetric.com
If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.
Implications for practice and research
Hospitalised children continue to experience moderate-to-severe pain following surgery.
Nurses should negotiate pain-relieving goals with children and parents, and regularly review whether goals have been met.
Further research is needed to examine the impact of organisational culture on pain assessment and management in children.
Despite the availability of evidence-based guidelines, children continue to experience moderate-to-severe pain following surgery.1 ,2 Children's pain is not managed effectively by nurses for many reasons including: nurses not always evaluating the effectiveness of pain-relieving interventions; and nurses’ perception that particular procedures are associated with some level of expected pain, rather assessing pain and listening to children. Furthermore, parents and children may be uncomfortable about raising concerns in how the child's pain is managed.
Parents’ beliefs can also hinder the management of their child's pain because of fears about their child experiencing unpleasant …
Competing interests None.