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Pain assessment for children: overcoming challenges and optimizing care. Pediatr Emerg Care 2011 Aug;27(8):773-81

Date

08/09/2011

Pubmed ID

21822093

DOI

10.1097/PEC.0b013e31822877f7

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-80051779911   76 Citations

Abstract

There is growing evidence that children have short- and long-term physical, physiological, and psychological effects due to untreated acute pain. Because the majority of children who seek care in an emergency department present with pain or experience pain during the evaluation and treatment in the emergency department, optimal assessment and treatment of pain are paramount for this population. This review will highlight the many complexities of the assessment of pain for the pediatric patient. In addition, a variety of factors that affect the self-report of pain in children will be identified. Optimizing the utility of a pain assessment remains a challenge for the health care provider in the emergency setting. The common goal of a decreased experience of pain for children through improved analgesic administration remains.

Author List

Drendel AL, Kelly BT, Ali S

Author

Amy L. Drendel DO Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Child
Health Status Indicators
Humans
Infant
Pain
Pain Measurement
Self Report