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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Kay Foland


nursing pain in old age, treatment pain in old age, nurse attitudes


The purpose of this study is to describe the nurse's knowledge and experience regarding chronic pain and pain control in elderly patients. A literature review explores this topic. Serving as the conceptual framework is B. L. Thomas's (1990) Dimensions of Chronic Pain Model. Ninety-six registered nurses completed a questionnaire concerning pain in the elderly. This research tool was developed by S. J. Closs (1996) with minor adaptations. Descriptive and bivariate inferential data analyses were used. Results indicate a good knowledge of the prevalence of chronic pain, its negative consequences, and pain assessment methods. However, misconceptions about drug management of pain and exaggerated risks of opioid-induced respiratory depression and drug addiction exists. Nurse educators can be instrumental in providing continuing education for nursing staff regarding chronic pain in the elderly.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Pain in old age -- Nursing
Pain in old age -- Treatment
Nurses -- Attitudes



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