Identification and validation of the defining characteristics of alteration in comfort: Pain in non-communicative adults

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Title:
Identification and validation of the defining characteristics of alteration in comfort: Pain in non-communicative adults
Author:
Armstrong, Deborah King, 1962-
Issue Date:
1992
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The results of this study determined the defining characteristics for the diagnosis Alteration in comfort: pain in patients unable to communicate discomfort due to neurologic injury or administration of anesthesia. Sixty nurse-participants from three New England hospitals completed a written questionnaire, rating 17 literature-based items, identifying how frequently each sign occurs when pain is diagnosed, and the perceived importance of each sign. Using Fehring's (1986) Diagnostic Content Validation (DCV) model, three major defining characteristics were validated: increase in arterial blood pressure, increase in heart rate, and restlessness; and eight minor defining characteristics were validated: increase in respiratory rate, facial mask of pain, resistance to movement, moaning, rigid muscle tone, withdrawal from stimulus, tears/crying and diaphoresis. High rank order correlations in the identified defining characteristics were evident between post-anesthesia recovery and neurologically impaired patients, as well as high correlations between DCV scores and perceived importance scores.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Health Sciences, Nursing.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Nursing
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Woodtli, Anne

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dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleIdentification and validation of the defining characteristics of alteration in comfort: Pain in non-communicative adultsen_US
dc.creatorArmstrong, Deborah King, 1962-en_US
dc.contributor.authorArmstrong, Deborah King, 1962-en_US
dc.date.issued1992en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe results of this study determined the defining characteristics for the diagnosis Alteration in comfort: pain in patients unable to communicate discomfort due to neurologic injury or administration of anesthesia. Sixty nurse-participants from three New England hospitals completed a written questionnaire, rating 17 literature-based items, identifying how frequently each sign occurs when pain is diagnosed, and the perceived importance of each sign. Using Fehring's (1986) Diagnostic Content Validation (DCV) model, three major defining characteristics were validated: increase in arterial blood pressure, increase in heart rate, and restlessness; and eight minor defining characteristics were validated: increase in respiratory rate, facial mask of pain, resistance to movement, moaning, rigid muscle tone, withdrawal from stimulus, tears/crying and diaphoresis. High rank order correlations in the identified defining characteristics were evident between post-anesthesia recovery and neurologically impaired patients, as well as high correlations between DCV scores and perceived importance scores.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectHealth Sciences, Nursing.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNursingen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorWoodtli, Anneen_US
dc.identifier.proquest1347789en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b27530681en_US
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