Aim To identify nurses' knowledge of pain and its management in older people in acute
hospitals. Method A quantitative, descriptive, cross-sectional design was used to survey a
convenience sample of nurses. Data were collected using the Pain in the Elderly
Questionnaire. Results The overall mean total score on the questionnaire was 65%, with
scores ranging from 7-100%. While there is no recommended score, results indicate lack of
nurse knowledge. The four questions with the lowest percentage of correct scores were
related to pharmacology. Less than 25% of nurses had recent pain management education.
Conclusion These findings indicate a knowledge deficit among nurses regarding pain and
its management in older people, particularly in relation to opioid management.