Turkish Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Esra Ardahan Akgül1, Birsen Eroğlu2

1İzmir Katip Çelebi Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye
2Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Çocuk Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye

Keywords: Burn, child, nursing, pain.


Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine the postgraduate theses conducted by nurses on pain experience in children with burns.

Patients and methods: In this study, all theses related to pain experience in children with burns were scanned between July,10th 2023 and July 14th, 2023 using the National Thesis Center database of the Council of Higher Education. In the database, 432 theses were reached. Theses were evaluated according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria and six theses that met the criteria were included in the study.

Results: Three of the theses were Master theses and three were doctoral theses. The publication period of the theses varied between 1999 and 2022. When the types of theses were examined, two were randomized-controlled, one was quasi-experimental, and three were descriptive studies. The sample of four of the theses consisted of children, two of them consisted of children and their parents. Two of the studies examined the effect of the use of virtual reality goggles on pain during dressing, and one examined the effect of different dressing materials on pain. One study examined the effect of burn pain on sleep, and one study examined the effect on post-discharge problems. One study was conducted to determine the pain of children.

Conclusion: There are few thesis studies conducted to reduce or manage the pain of children with burns in the literature. It is recommended that more theses should be conducted to evaluate and reduce pain.