Pain in the Elderly Questionnaire

My name is Hyun-ah Melanie Kim and I am a Registered Nurse in the MSICU and a Graduate Student of William Paterson University attempting to complete a research project as part of my curriculum for graduation. I invite you to participate in my research project that I plan to present at William Paterson University. I am conducting a research study on the registered nurses knowledge and attitude toward pain and pain management in the elderly population.
The purpose of this investigation is to examine the knowledge level of registered nurses related to pain management in the elderly population. The research question is what is the knowledge deficit of registered nurses in the management of pain in the elderly population? The results of this study could improve the quality of life of the patients we treat and the quality of care that nurses provide.
The study consists of a knowledge and attitudes questionnaire and demographic information. There is no risk associated with this survey. There is no cost to you other than the time to complete the survey that is expected to be less than 10 minutes. Individual results of the study will NOT be shared and all study data will remain confidential.
Participation in this study is voluntary. Your completed survey will serve as evidence of consent in the study. You have the right to decline to participate. If you have any questions about the study you can email Hyun-ah Melanie Kim at kimh35@student.wpunj.edu email address.

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* 1. What is your gender?

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* 2. What is your age?

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* 4. What is the highest level of school that you have completed?

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* 5. What is your current area of practice

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* 6. Number of years in practice as a nurse

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* 7. Have you ever received training on pain management

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* 8. Pain is a natural accompaniment of the aging process.

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* 9. Elderly people experience pain less intensely than young adults.

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* 10. Elderly people report pain more often than young adults.

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* 11. Research literature suggests that pain in the elderly is commonly under treated.

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* 12. Cultural factors influence the expression of pain symptoms.

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* 13. The demented elderly patient experiences more pain than the lucid elderly patient.

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* 14. The assessment and diagnosis of pain in the elderly is primarily the role of the doctor.

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* 15. The goal of pain management for the elderly is to maintain the patient in a pain-free state.

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* 16. Strong opioids used for pain control, e.g. morphine, are likely to produce addiction in elderly patients if administered in large amounts.

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* 17. It is best to avoid giving strong opioids for pain to frail elderly patients because it can cause respiratory depression.

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* 18. It is better to administer opioid analgesia on a prn basis rather than as a fixed schedule.

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* 19. Analgesic medication is more effective in controlling pain in young adults than in elderly patients.

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* 20. The duration of a given analgesic medication is greater in an elderly person than in a young adult.

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* 21. The potency of the pain relief measure selected for the patient should be based on the source of the pain rather than on the patient’s report of pain intensity.

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