Analyzing Nurses’ Knowledge and Attitude towards Pain Management in Patients with Dementia

Analyzing Nurses’ Knowledge and Attitude towards Pain Management in Patients with Dementia

The purpose of this quantitative quasi-experimental study was to determine if there is an impact on nurses’ knowledge and attitudes towards managing pain in cognitively impaired patients with dementia, one week after completing a pain management class. The project was a quasi-experimental before and after study using aggregate data looking at nurses’ knowledge and attitude both before and after the in-service on managing pain in dementia patients. The intervention included a pain management education as the independent variable. The nurses’ knowledge and attitude were assessed using the Nurses’ Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain instrument (KASRP) designed by Ferrell and McCaffery (2012). Scores on the KASRP define the dependent variable.