Research Versus Practice

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Research vs Practice Name Institutional affiliations Research vs. Practice “Challenges faced by nurses in managing pain in a critical care setting” by Subramanian, P., Allcock, N., James, V., & Lathlean, J.(2011) is a research article because it clearly identifies its research problem which aims at studying the challenges of pain management in critical care centers. It then follows systematic steps typical of those employed in research such as collecting raw data from a sample, analyzing the data to get findings and also giving conclusions. Below I provide a brief summary of the activities in each of the research activities identified above. A sample size of 21 nurses who had rich experience in the field was purposively drawn. Such nurses were required to have experience of more than 25 years in the field. Out of the participant's responses, the research found out that the main challenges that nurses face in efficient pain management are a lack of proper clinical guidelines, the condition of the patient, lack of standardized tools to assess the conditions of patients and lack of autonomous decision-making processes. The article “Assessing abdominal pain through history taking and physical examination” by Apau Daniel (2010) is a practice paper because it lays more emphasis on the methodologies that can be employed to solve a problem as it can be illustrated below. The article begins by providing insight on how to determine the threshold of pain which according to the author is determined by the receptor types involved, the stimuli nature and also the organization of the pain pathways starting from the injury site to the central nervous system. In

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