The study was conducted to explore patient satisfaction with post-operative pain control and nursing care. This study is a descriptive correlational design. A convenience sample consisted of 100 patients from 4 hospitals in northern Taiwan. Pain severity scores ranged from 1 to 10. The mean (S.D) score of pain severity was 6.69 (1.97) for worst pain, and 4.26 (1.73) for average pain. The extent to which pain relief was expected by patients was 4.18 (0.58). Satisfaction scores ranged from 1 to 5 for nursing care and 1 to 6 for pain control; the mean (S.D.) satisfaction was 4.18 (0.58) and 5.22 (0.68), respectively. Great satisfaction was reported by patients even when moderate pain was reported. This study has provided several implications for nursing practice, education, and further research. Patients should be taught that pain can be managed and the goal for pain relief will be set and attained. By paying attention to the presence of pain and regularly assessing pain, nurses can improve patients’ satisfaction with nursing care and pain management. When satisfaction is used as an indicator for pain control, interpretation should be made with caution.
|Original language||Traditional Chinese|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Hu li yan jiu = Nursing research|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|