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Health professionals' pain management decisions are influenced by their role (nurse or physician) and by patient gender, age and ethnicity.

Phelan SM, Hardeman RR. Health professionals' pain management decisions are influenced by their role (nurse or physician) and by patient gender, age and ethnicity. Evidence-based nursing. 2015 Apr 1; 18(2):58.




Abstract:

Implications for practice and research: Healthcare providers from different fields may respond differently to patients with pain. On average, nurses rated pain intensity higher than physicians and were more likely to prescribe opioids. Patient demographic characteristics may influence nurses' and physicians' perceptions of pain intensity and decisions to treat pain with opioid analgesics. This study must be replicated with a more robust study design before findings can be translated into recommendations for intervention.





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