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Paediatric pain control 

Paediatric pain control
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Paediatric pain control
Author(s):

Renée McCulloch

and John Collins

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199656097.003.0913
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date: 07 May 2021

Our understanding regarding pain in children has grown significantly in the past few decades; however, we still find reluctance to acknowledge and treat pain in children. Many myths prevail, and coupled with poor understanding, can undermine the effective treatment of pain in children. Understandably many health-care professionals are apprehensive and fearful about working with very sick and dying children; perhaps there is a sense of failure for being unable to ‘cure’. However, as pain is one of the most common symptoms in this group of children, relieving pain and distress can be an extremely rewarding experience. This chapter outlines the background and principles of understanding, evaluating, and treating pain in children with palliative care needs. It offers an overview of current evidence and hopes to support health-care professionals working in this challenging discipline.

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