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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164218
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Active Listening: Can it Reduce Pain?
Author(s):
Rock, Ron
Author Details:
Ron Rock, MSN, APRN, BC, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.org
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) student project was to determine the effectiveness of using the nursing intervention of active listening in decreasing surgical patients' verbalized pain scores. Significance: Active listening is used for recognizing patients' clues. Without this basic communication skill, patients' concerns and fears are often overlooked. Background/Design: Pain, the 5th vital sign is a critical outcome measure for nursing practice. A literature review for the support of active listening related to decreasing pain reveals no empirical studies. Methods: An hour before scheduled pain medications were administered to male and female hospitalized surgical patients, subjective aspects of pain were obtained using an assessment tool that measures verbal and nonverbal indicators of pain. A pre-intervention pain score was obtained. Appropriate use of the active listening intervention was implemented during communication with each patient. Communication directed by the CNS student was based on topics and/or responses from the patient. Post intervention, a second assessment of pain, was recorded to determine effectiveness of the intervention. Findings: Post intervention pain scores were obtained and compared to initial pre-intervention scores. Results indicated a 38% decrease in verbalized pain scores. It could not be determined whether active listening alone or in combination with other complementary therapies such as presence, music, touch, or reminiscence was responsible for the results. Conclusions: This project demonstrates the role of the CNS in determining best practice. Active listening as a fundamental communication skill is important to use during patient care interactions. This intervention can be used in all settings where communication occurs with patients, families, and health care staff. Active listening helps patients to express their concerns/fears and is essential for helping to promote effective treatment for individuals experiencing pain. Implications for Practice: Future research recommendations include a controlled clinical project comparing patients who receive the active listening intervention and those who receive other complementary therapies as an alternative intervention, but not active listening to determine best practice.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality
Conference Host:
NACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
Conference Location:
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Description:
Conference theme: CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality, held February 28-March 1 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleActive Listening: Can it Reduce Pain?en_GB
dc.contributor.authorRock, Ronen_US
dc.author.detailsRon Rock, MSN, APRN, BC, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, email: nacnsorg@nacns.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164218-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) student project was to determine the effectiveness of using the nursing intervention of active listening in decreasing surgical patients' verbalized pain scores. Significance: Active listening is used for recognizing patients' clues. Without this basic communication skill, patients' concerns and fears are often overlooked. Background/Design: Pain, the 5th vital sign is a critical outcome measure for nursing practice. A literature review for the support of active listening related to decreasing pain reveals no empirical studies. Methods: An hour before scheduled pain medications were administered to male and female hospitalized surgical patients, subjective aspects of pain were obtained using an assessment tool that measures verbal and nonverbal indicators of pain. A pre-intervention pain score was obtained. Appropriate use of the active listening intervention was implemented during communication with each patient. Communication directed by the CNS student was based on topics and/or responses from the patient. Post intervention, a second assessment of pain, was recorded to determine effectiveness of the intervention. Findings: Post intervention pain scores were obtained and compared to initial pre-intervention scores. Results indicated a 38% decrease in verbalized pain scores. It could not be determined whether active listening alone or in combination with other complementary therapies such as presence, music, touch, or reminiscence was responsible for the results. Conclusions: This project demonstrates the role of the CNS in determining best practice. Active listening as a fundamental communication skill is important to use during patient care interactions. This intervention can be used in all settings where communication occurs with patients, families, and health care staff. Active listening helps patients to express their concerns/fears and is essential for helping to promote effective treatment for individuals experiencing pain. Implications for Practice: Future research recommendations include a controlled clinical project comparing patients who receive the active listening intervention and those who receive other complementary therapies as an alternative intervention, but not active listening to determine best practice.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:44:14Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:44:14Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.nameCNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Qualityen_US
dc.conference.hostNACNS - National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialistsen_US
dc.conference.locationPhoenix, Arizona, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: CNS Outcomes: Ensuring Safety and Quality, held February 28-March 1 in Phoenix, Arizona, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.en_US
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