Last updated on June 2019

Pediatric Postoperative Pain Management in Surgical Wards - an Intervention Study


Brief description of study

This study will explore healthcare providers' pediatric postoperative pain management knowledge and clinical practice. The aim of this study is to explore healthcare providers' knowledge and clinical practice in pediatric postoperative pain management in surgical wards, and to evaluate whether an educational intervention would improve postoperative pain management. This study has a pre-post intervention design. This study will be conducted on four surgical wards in one university hospital in Norway. There will be used different methodological approaches for data collections (interviews, questionnaire, observational study) with four measurement points; baseline (T1), and one month (T2), six months (T3) and 12 months (T4) after intervention.

Detailed Study Description

This study will be conducted on four surgical wards in one university hospital in Norway. There will be used different methodological approaches for data collections (interviews, questionnaire, observational study) with four measurement points; baseline (T1), and one month (T2), six months (T3) and 12 months (T4) after intervention.

To get a broader view of barriers and facilitators for effective pediatric postoperative pain management, there will be carried out focus group interviews with healthcare providers. Further, data about healthcare providers' knowledge and attitudes regarding pediatric pain will be collected using a questionnaire. Data about nurses' pediatric postoperative pain management will be collected using non-participant observational study and data about children's experience about pain and pain management will be collected using face-to-face interviews with children. This study will have different phases:

Phase 1 Explore healthcare providers' knowledge, clinical practice children's experiences of pain and pain management, and healthcare providers' experiences of barriers and facilitators for effective pain management

  • Questionnaire PNKAS-N
  • Observation of clinical practice
  • Face-to-face interviews with children
  • Focus group interviews with healthcare providers (barriers and facilitators)

Phase 2 Develop and implement a tailored educational intervention

Develop tailored educational intervention based on:

  • Available research
  • Results from baseline
  • Feedback from head of the relevant units
  • Staff views about the facilitators and barriers to optimized pediatric pain management

Implementation of the intervention

  • Seminar (lecture and workshop)
  • Clinical supervision
  • Reminders

Phase 3 Evaluation of the intervention

  • Questionnaire PNKAS-N
  • Observation of clinical practice

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03987399

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