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This research was carried out to determine the knowledge and practice situations of nurses on non-pharmacological methods of pain management. The research was carried out at Gumushane State Hospital, Kelkit State Hospital and Siran State Hospital between June 2014 and May 2015, together with the Gumushane Public Hospitals Association. It involved 224 nurses, who worked in hospitals connected to Gumushane public hospitals unity. The research was completed with 181 nurses. The data were obtained between December 2014 and January 2015 and on weekdays by the relevant face-to-face interview technique. The number, percentage, arithmetic mean, chi-square, standard deviation, Pearson Chi-square, t-test and Mann Whitney-U test were used for analysis of data. It was determined that 62.4% of the nurses used the pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods together for pain management and were mostly informed about the methods of massage, hot–cold application, nutritional therapy, music therapy and prayer and healing methods.
Keywords: Pain management, knowing, nursing, non-drug methods, practice.
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