Science Journal of Medicine and Clinical Trials

January 2015,Volume 2015, ISSN: 2056-7487

Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research Article


Evaluation of Socio - Demographic Characteristics Affecting Nurses Perception of Patient Pain Assessment

Ogwa E.I1, Anarado A2 and Ndie E.C3,

1Federal Reaching Hospital Abakaliki Ebonyi State.
2Dept of Nursing Science, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus.
3Dept of Nursing Science, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki

Accepted 7th January, 2015; Available Online 21 January,2015

doi: 10.7237/sjmct/205


A cross - sectional descriptive research design aimed at evaluation of socio - demographic characteristics that affect nurses perception of patient pain assessment was done using structured questionnaire and interview schedule. 450 nurses randomly were selected from Teaching Hospital in Abakaliki Ebonyi State capital. The data were analyzed using T - test and ANOVA . The results show that there is no significant statistical difference (p>0.05) in perception of pain assessment between the nurses and also that demographic characteristics of the nurses like professional status, years of experience, level of education, and sex do not have significant effect (p>0.05) on the nurses perception of patient pain assessment. It was concluded that nurses do perceive pain assessment equally meaning that training and years of experience have no effect which should not be so. Inclusion of pain assessment in nursing training in Nigeria is recommended.

Keyword: sociodemographic, nurses perception, pain assessment.