Pain-sensitive temperament and postoperative pain

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Peer Reviewed


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J Spec Pediatr Nurs

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Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing

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PURPOSE: To describe the relationship between pain-sensitive temperament and self-report of pain intensity following surgery. DESIGN AND METHODS: Fifty-nine adolescents and young adults (average age 14 years) undergoing spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis completed the Sensitivity Temperament Inventory for Pain-Child version (STIP-C). The Pearson correlation between STIP-C scores and the highest pain intensity for each of the first three postoperative days was investigated. RESULTS: There was a small but significant correlation between the Perceptual Sensitivity and Symptom Reporting subscales of the STIP-C and pain intensity measured on the third postoperative day. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Aspects of the pain-sensitive temperament may be important in understanding the variability in postoperative pain. This is the first investigation of the relationship between pain-sensitive temperament and surgical pain. More research is needed in this area.


Adolescent, Adolescent Psychology, Adult, Analgesics, Opioid/therapeutic use, Analysis of Variance, Attitude to Health, Child, Female, Humans, Male, Morphine/therapeutic use, Nursing Audit, Nursing Methodology Research, Pain Measurement, Pain Threshold, Pain, Postoperative/diagnosis/etiology/prevention & control/psychology, Personality Inventory, Prospective Studies, Questionnaires, Retrospective Studies, Risk Factors, Scoliosis/surgery, Severity of Illness Index, Spinal Fusion/adverse effects, Temperament

Published Article/Book Citation

Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing, 12:3 (2007) pp.149-158. DOI:10.1111/j.1744-6155.2007.00108.x.

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