Misconceptions about children`s pain

Miloseva, Lence and Vukosavljevic-Gvozden, Tanja and Milosev, Vladimir (2014) Misconceptions about children`s pain. In: Fourth national congress of general practice with international participation “From Science to Human”, 20-23 Nov 2014, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. (Unpublished)

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Managing hospitalized children's pain is challenging for health care professionals. The ethical principles of the duty to benefit another and the duty to do no harm oblige health care professionals to provide pain management to all patients, including children, who are vulnerable because of their constant developmental changes, being ill, and being hospitalized. During the last 20 years, researchers started to show an interest in misconceptions about children`s pain. Literature review showed that not a single study on this subject has been done in R. Macedonia.
The present study attempts to provide a clearer understanding of beliefs about children`s pain. The main aim of this study was twofold: to examine a degree of consent about the beliefs of pain suffered by children from infant age till three years old (first group) and from three till seven years old ; as well as to find out if there is a difference in such beliefs between medical and non-medical workers. For the purpose of this study we designed self report scale, which contains 30 statements that refer to children`s physical pain.
The sample consisted of 220 participants, medical (49.5%) and non-medical workers (50.5 %), aged 27- 57, from Stip and Skopje, R. Macedonia. They had been asked to rate on 5-point scale how strongly they agree or disagree with each statement.
The results show presence of misconceptions about children`s pain between medical and non-medical workers. Also, statistical significant differences was noted between their misconceptions about children`s pain, regarding participant`s age and presence of parent`s role. This has extremely important implications for clinic practice, research and public health policy, as well. Rising awareness about the presence of misconceptions about children`s pain is the first step in changing them.

Key words: misconceptions; children; pain; medical; non-medical workers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Clinical medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Lence Miloseva
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2014 12:04
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2014 12:04
URI: https://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/11734

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