Perceptions of nurses and physicians regarding pain management of pediatric emergency room patients

Pediatr Nurs. May-Jun 1994;20(3):314-8.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Analgesia / methods
  • Analgesics / therapeutic use
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Clinical Nursing Research
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nurses / psychology*
  • Pain / nursing
  • Pain Management*
  • Pain Measurement
  • Physicians / psychology*
  • Sampling Studies


  • Analgesics