Knowledge and attitudes in pain management: Hong Kong nurses' perspective

Mun Yee Mimi Tse, Brenda S.H. Chan

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Effective pain management requires accurate knowledge, attitudes and assessment skills. To determine the current knowledge level and attitudes of nurses in pain management, 1,604 registered nurses working in three different hospitals in Hong Kong were invited to participate in this study. The sample consisted of 601 registered nurses, 63 nursing officers, and 14 nursing specialists (N = 678). The response rate was 43%. The Nurses' Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Instrument questionnaire developed by McCaffery and Ferrell was translated into Chinese and used with permission. To ensure the contextual relevancy and consistency of the questionnaire, content validity and test-retest reliability tests were performed. The content validity index was 0.87 and the test-retest reliability (Spearman's p coefficient) was 0.812. The percentage of correctly answered questions was 44%. There was statistical significant in educational preparation and clinical experiences with correct scores. The findings of our study support the concern of inadequate knowledge and attitudes in relation to pain management. Further intensive continuing education and staff development is highly indicated for nurses in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


  • Assessment
  • Hong Kong
  • Knowledge
  • Nurse
  • Pain management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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