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The neurophysiological evaluation of nociceptive responses in neonates 

The neurophysiological evaluation of nociceptive responses in neonates
The neurophysiological evaluation of nociceptive responses in neonates

Ravi Poorun

and Rebeccah Slater

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date: 29 July 2021

Human pain and suffering is most often communicated by language. The ability to communicate verbally puts adults and older children at a distinct advantage over our young counterparts. Infants and newborns cannot talk—which makes the reliable subjective measurement of pain difficult in this population. In neonates, we have traditionally relied on objective measurements of physiological and behavioural responses to noxious stimulation (Stevens et al., 2007), and research continues to search for the best measures of pain in neonates (Stevens and Franck, 2001; see also Lee and Stevens, Chapter 35, this volume).

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