First Year Residents' Knowledge and Practice about Postoperative Pain Management

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Nattaporn Srisukhumchai
Somboon Thienthong


Background and objective: The first year residents play an important role in postsurgical pain control. Assessing their knowledge and their practice is a key of success to improve their learning and patient service. So we conducted this study to assess the first year residents’ knowledge and practice about postoperative pain treatment.

Methods: A questionnaire was sent to all 45 first year residents from 5 surgical related departments.  The questionnaire had 35 questions, 15 questions were constructed for knowledge assessment and 20 questions for practice behavior. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistics.

Results: The response was 97.78%. The mean knowledge was 10.23 + 2.02 or 68.2 percent from a total of 15 scores. The highest score was 14 and the lowest was 6. Their regular practice behaviors were about pain assessment (100%) and treatment of opioids side effect (66.36%). The areas that should encourage more practices were local infiltration at surgical field (43.19%) and using NSAIDs in combined with opioids (31.82%). Their knowledge that needed to be improved was about pharmacology of opioids and its common side effects such as nausea and vomiting.

Conclusion: The level of first year residents’ knowledge about postoperative pain management is an average that needed to be improved as well as some practice behaviors.


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Srisukhumchai N, Thienthong S. First Year Residents’ Knowledge and Practice about Postoperative Pain Management. SRIMEDJ [Internet]. 2015 Oct. 5 [cited 2023 Feb. 8];30(5):76. Available from:
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