MOJTABA SENMAR, MOJGAN KIYAIE, FATEME YOUSEFI, RAZIE ALIPOUR, TAMANNA KAMALIFAR,HOSSEIN RAFIEI
Aim: Pain is common among patients admitted to critical care units. Intensive care nurses have an indispensable role in pain evaluation and control in critically ill older adult’s patients. Present study was performed to examine knowledge regards pain evaluation and control in old patients among one group of Iranian critical care nurses. Methods: Design of present study is descriptive cross sectional. In present study, knowledge of 112 nurses who work in critical care units (ICU, CCU, emergency) was examined with using “older adult’s pain questionnaire”. All nurses worked in hospitals affiliated to Qazvin University of Medical Science were invited. Sample selection performed with using convenience sampling method. Data analysis performed by using SPSS software. Results: Of 112 nurses in the present study, 96 nurses were women. The mean age of participants in the present study was 30.7± 5.9 years. The average score of all 14 items of the questionnaire was 7.1. About 87% of nurses reported that needs to education about pain management. Ninety eight percent of nurses in the present study reported that pain management is a very important issue for them. Conclusion: Although critical care nurses in our study reported that pain evaluation and control is a priority for them, however knowledge of them about pain management and assessment in elderly patients were low. Critical care nurses' need to further education regards pain evaluation and control in elderly patients.