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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Margaret Hegge


pain treatment, nurse attitudes, pharmacist attitudes, physician attitude


Pain control is managed by health care professionals every working day. The literature suggests that nurses, pharmacists, and physicians have different levels of knowledge, attitudes, and perceived barriers toward pain management. The purpose of this study was to compare the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of three types of health care professionals toward pain management. A sample of one hundred and five of four hundred and twenty eight possible candidates responded to a questionnaire. Results demonstrated that pharmacists had the best understanding of pain management principles, attitudes and the lowest level of barriers to effective pain management. Nurses had the lowest level of knowledge regarding pain management. Physicians demonstrated negative attitudes and high level of barriers to effective pain management.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Pain -- Treatment
Nurses -- Attitudes
Pharmacists -- Attitudes
Physicians -- Attitudes



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