Purpose: To explore perceptions of pain and pain management by nurses and physicians who care for pediatric emergency room patients.
Method: A descriptive survey design using the Adapted Klein Premedication Questionnaire explored the attitudes and practices of 24 nurses and 21 physicians about children's pain in the emergency setting.
Results: The majority of nurses and physicians who care for pediatric emergency room patients would medicate children experiencing pain. Both groups perceived pain in children the same way. There was a lack of knowledge in both groups regarding the appropriate dosages of pain medications.
Conclusions: Nurses and physicians need a stronger knowledge base regarding pain management practices.