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Experience of nurses in assessing postoperative pain in hip fracture patients suffering from dementia in nursing homes.

Journal article
Authors Ferid Krupic
Mirza Bišćević
Emina Spahić
Amila Jašarević
Mahir Jašarević
Kemal Grbić
Eric Hamrin Senorski
Eleonor Svantesson
Svemir Čustović
Olof Westin
Published in Medicinski glasnik : official publication of the Medical Association of Zenica-Doboj Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina
ISSN 1840-2445
Publication year 2020
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Health and Rehabilitation
Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive care
Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Orthopaedics
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.17392/1042-20
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...
Subject categories Orthopedics

Abstract

Aim To explore the experiences of registered nurses in assessing postoperative pain in hip fracture patients suffering from dementia in nursing homes. Methods The study was designed as a qualitative study using data from a self-reported questionnaire form. Data were collected through the self-administered questionnaire with 23 questions, mainly addressing demographic and social data, information about communication and pain assessment. Results All nurses reported that large part of verbal communication with dementia patients was lost, and non-verbal communication was very important to optimize the care of these patients in postoperative situations. An assessment of pain in patients with dementia and hip fractures was a complex process because cognitive ability of these patients was reduced. Conclusion Registered nurses need to know various and different forms of evaluation and tools to assess the experience of pain in patients with dementia who had undergone surgery for hip fractures. This is a complicated task, which requires a great deal of time, and means that nurses must work together with other medical staff, using a holistic approach.

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