Title: Nurses' attitudes toward pain treatment with opioids: a survey in a Belgian university hospital
Authors: Broekmans, Susan ×
Vanderschueren, Steven
Morlion, Bart
Kumar, A
Evers, G #
Issue Date: Feb-2004
Series Title: International journal of nursing studies vol:41 issue:2 pages:183-9
Abstract: AIM: To investigate nurses' attitudes toward pain treatment with opioids in a Belgian university hospital. METHOD: A cross-sectional, descriptive study design was used. The randomised sample included 350 nurses working in the University Hospital Leuven, Belgium. Non-response was 10.9%. Nurses' attitudes were explored by a structured questionnaire. The score on the opioid attitude scale (OAS) varied between 9 and 45. RESULTS: Despite a neutral to positive score on the OAS (mean=69.4%), nurses had clearly negative attitudes towards the use of opioids during a diagnostic phase and the risk of possible addiction. These negative attitudes can hinder adequate pain treatment.
ISSN: 0020-7489
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery
Laboratory for Clinical Infectious and Inflammatory Disorders
Anesthesiology and Algology
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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