A Tale of Two Countries: Comparison of the Perceptions of Analgesics Among Finnish and American Parents

Päivi M. Kankkunen*, Katri M. Vehviläinen-Julkunen, Anna Maija K. Pietilä, Hannu Kokki, Margaret Grey, Zeev N. Kain, Rachel Y. Zisk

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    Abstract

    Our purpose was to compare parental perceptions regarding children's analgesics in Finland and the USA. Data were collected from 315 Finnish and 110 American parents of children undergoing surgery using questionnaires. Cross-tabulation, and χ2 were used in the analysis. Parents thought that analgesia should be given regularly, but more American than Finnish parents thought analgesics should be given to the child before the pain becomes severe. Additionally, more American than Finnish parents stated that children easily become dependent on analgesics and that analgesics for home use may be dangerous for children. Nurses should be aware of parents' incorrect perceptions which may be barriers to children's pain relief.

    Original languageAmerican English
    Pages (from-to)113-119
    Number of pages7
    JournalPain Management Nursing
    Volume9
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 2008

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