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Quantification of the pain terms hurt, ache and pain among nursing students
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 163-168Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to determine the quantitative meaning nursing students ascribe to the pain terms hurt (ont), ache (värk) and pain (smärta). In total, 549 nursing students filled in a questionnaire including questions about age, gender, and health care work experience. The students were also requested to rate response using a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) rating for different statements about hurt, ache and pain. The results show that there were significant differences (p < 0.001) between rated intensity of the statements of hurt, ache and pain. There were, however, large variations in the students’ ratings of the pain terms; hurt ranged from 3 to 97 mm, ache from 7 to 97 mm and pain from 27 to 100 mm. There were no significant differences between male and female students regarding their ratings of hurt and ache when they were used to describe the worst self-experienced pain. Female students rated their experience of pain significantly higher (p < 0.001) on the VAS compared with male students. There was no significant correlation between previous experience of health care work and rated intensity of hurt, ache and pain. In conclusion, this study shows that there exist significant differences between the pain terms hurt, ache and pain according to a rating on a VAS. However, the results also demonstrate that there are large individual variations in how the students quantify the fictitious patient statements of hurt, ache and pain.

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Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Vol. 21, no 2, p. 163-168
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Medical sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-2170DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2007.00452.xISI: 000247470100004PubMedID: 17559434Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34249893100OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-2170DiVA, id: diva2:32446
Available from: 2008-06-09 Created: 2008-06-09 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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