Annual Review of Nursing Research, Volume 5, 1987: Focus On by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick PhD MBA RN FAAN, Roma Taunton PhD

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Now coming into its moment decade of e-book, this landmark sequence attracts jointly and severely experiences all of the latest study in particular parts of nursing perform, nursing care supply, nursing schooling, and the occupation of nursing.

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To summarize, review of the research describing general indices used by nurses in assessing pain suggests that (a) nurses' pain assessments are not standardized, which has caused some investigators to temper interpretations of their results with comments about the limitations of the measurement techniques; (b) nurses use some combination of observable pain behaviors and verbal expression as pain indices; and (c) nurses' assessments are not necessarily congruent with patients' pain needs. , 1970).

While most researchers were mindful of not generalizing beyond their particular convenience sample, a few did imply generalizability beyond the constraints of the sample studied. Rarely were studies designed so that the researcher could generalize across time. SUMMARY Clearly, there is not agreement among nurse researchers regarding a definitional orientation to stress that best fits nursing's orientation to human experiences. Varying theoretical orientations are used to ex- 16 RESEARCH ON NURSING PRACTICE plain stress or stress-related phenomena, for example, stress as a stimulus, stress as a response, and stress as a transaction.

Jacox and Stewart (1973) studied three patient groups classified according to short-term, long-term, and progressive pain to determine the relationships among the personality factors of neuroticism and extroversion, pain-related psychosocial problems reported by patients, and type of pain. No consistent relationship between neuroticism and pain intensity was found when types of pain associated with different conditions were considered. , Engel, 1959; Sternbach, 1975; Watson, 1982). It seems the longer the patients have suffered, the more disturbed they have become as measured by these tests.

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