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Pain-sensitive temperament and postoperative pain
Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing
  • Charmaine Kleiber, University of Iowa
  • M. Suwanraj
  • L. A. Dolan
  • Mary Berg, University of Iowa
  • A. Kleese
Document Type
Peer Reviewed
Publication Date
NLM Title Abbreviation
J Spec Pediatr Nurs
PubMed ID
DOI of Published Version
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.
Citation Information
Charmaine Kleiber, M. Suwanraj, L. A. Dolan, Mary Berg, et al.. "Pain-sensitive temperament and postoperative pain" Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing Vol. 12 Iss. 3 (2007) p. 149 - 158 ISSN: 1539-0136
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