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Boletín médico del Hospital Infantil de México

versión impresa ISSN 1665-1146


NOTEJANE, Martín; BERNADA, Mercedes; RUIZ, Victoria  y  KLISICH, Valentina. Knowledge of nursing staff at a pediatric referral hospital regarding the assessment and management of pain in children. Bol. Med. Hosp. Infant. Mex. [online]. 2019, vol.76, n.1, pp.27-34. ISSN 1665-1146.


Pain is a frequent reason for consultation. Poor vocational training is referred to as a critical component for proper treatment. The objective of this study was to describe the knowledge and practices of the nursing staff of the Pediatric Hospital, Pereira Rossell Hospital Center, regarding the assessment and approach of pain in children.


Descriptive, cross-sectional study, anonymous survey on 1/12/2016. All the nurses present that day were included. Variables: age, gender, years of work, educational level. For the association of variables, Chi square test was used; a value of p < 0.05 was considered significant.


The survey was answered by 89.3% of the personnel present; median age 39 years (20-63), women 81%; median of years as pediatric nurse 10 years (1 month-38 years); maximum degree of training: auxiliary (73%). Acceptable level of global knowledge (61%); no significant association was found between knowledge and age, gender, years of work and educational level. Infant pain assessment scales less reported: neonates, children 1 to 3 years and children with cognitive disorder. Other deficits of knowledge detected: interval morphine interdosis, interpreting distraction of the child as absence of pain and considering the perception of the experienced health personnel as the most appropriate tool to measure pain.


The surveys demonstrated acceptable knowledge about pain assessment and management. However, aspects to improve in the knowledge of scales of evaluation in special populations, lack of familiarity with the use of opioids and conceptions of subjective evaluation of pain were objectified.

Palabras llave : Child; Pain management; Nursing.

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