The relationship between behavioral cues and assessment of pain in the neonate
Until recently, the neonate's ability to feel pain has been the subject of debate and controversy. Although most practitioners would agree that neonates experience pain, the assessment and treatment of neonatal pain remains inconsistent. Pain treatment with neonates is difficult because most pain assessment instruments are designed for an individual with verbal skills. A tool incorporating various behaviors as indicators of pain would provide a framework for assessing the response of the neonatal population to pain or other noxious stimuli as well. Nurses in the clinical setting of the neonatal intensive care unit have been faced with the difficulty of defending and validating their assessments of pain. When nursing measures fail to provide relief to the neonate, decisions regarding the need for pain medication or other non-pharmacologic interventions often rest with the nurse caring for the neonate. Without objective data, nursing assessments may go unheeded. A central goal of nursing is to provide comfort. The nurse must have tools for defending and validating their request for pain medication. In order to explore the relationship between behavioral cues and assessment of pain in neonates, a selected review of research literature and other scholarly work was conducted. Issues embodied in neonatal pain responses, measurement, and clinical considerations are explored. Suggestions for resolving some of these problems are presented.
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Health and Public Affairs
Dissertations, Academic -- Health and Public Affairs;Health and Public Affairs -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Johnson, Susan K., "The relationship between behavioral cues and assessment of pain in the neonate" (1998). HIM 1990-2015. 112.