Pain Education in Schools of Nursing: a Survey of the Italian Academic Situation

Roberto Latina, Loredana Fabriani, Maria Grazia De Marinis, Roberto Latina, Lucia Mauro, Albina Paterniani, Patrizia Forte, Daniela D'Angelo, Chiara Mastroianni

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INTRODUCTION: Proper assessment of pain is imperative for the development of an effectivepain management plan and is a core responsibility of nurses and healthcare professionals. Thisarticle describes the contents of Italian on-line bachelor’s in nursing degree programs, withparticular focus on pain management.METHOD: A descriptive study was made on curricula published and available on-line in ItalianNursing Schools, and the concordance with the standards set by the Consensus Curriculum onPain for Nursing ofthe International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP, 2015) wasanalyzed.RESULTS: Of all the bachelor programs published on-line, 42.6% offered programs andcourses specifically centred on pain education, while in general pain teaching seemed to bedelivered as part of other topics. Results showed that the contents of the programs werepartially in line with those suggested by the IASP. True is that on-line results may underestimatethe actualdiffusion of pain education programs and topics in Italian Universities.CONCLUSION: The Italian academic system does not seem to comply with any specific internationalstandard. Only by interviewing the university administrative staff we may investigatethe amount and type of pain education received by Italian healthcare undergraduates and theexisting educational curricula and plans, as on-line information may be only partially complete.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)115-122
Numero di pagine8
RivistaProfessioni infermieristiche
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

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