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dc.contributor.authorBird, Annetteen_US
dc.contributor.authorWallis, Marianneen_US
dc.contributor.authorChaboyer, Wendyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:03:08Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:03:08Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.date.modified2010-06-07T08:16:02Z
dc.identifier.issn13227696en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.colegn.2009.03.004en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/30441
dc.description.abstractBackground: Despite epidural analgesia increasingly being utilized in hospitals, very little research-based evidence is available about registered nurses' (RNs) and midwives' knowledge of this technique. Objective: To describe the current epidural knowledge levels of RNs and midwives in a multi-site setting. Method: RNs and midwives at four, regional teaching facilities completed an epidural knowledge test. The instrument included demographic items and five knowledge subscales relating to epidural analgesia: spinal cord anatomy and physiology; epidural pharmacology; complications of epidural analgesia; assessment of sensory and motor blockade and the general management of patients with epidural analgesia. Results: A total of 408 (99.7% response) RNs and midwives completed the test. Respondents demonstrated good knowledge of sensory and motor blockade assessment and the general management of epidural analgesia subscales with correct responses to 75 and 77% of the questions in these subscales, respectively. Fair knowledge relating to the spinal cord anatomy and physiology subscale was demonstrated with 69% of the questions answered correctly. The knowledge subscales relating to epidural pharmacology (57% correct responses) and the complications of epidural analgesia (56% correct responses) were problematic for the sample. Conclusion: The research results provide generalizable information about what RNs and midwives know about epidural analgesia. These results are an important guide in the development of new and existing dedicated epidural education programs. The results also provide some direction for further research into this important topic.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationYen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom193en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto200en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue4en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalCollegianen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume16en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111003en_US
dc.titleRegistered nurses’ and midwives’ knowledge of epidural analgesiaen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2009 Royal College of Nursing, Australia. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.en_AU
gro.date.issued2009
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