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Pediatric pain management in palliative care

Journal title
Pain management
Publication year
2015
Author(s)
Downing, J.; Jassal, S. S.; Mathews, L.; Brits, H.; Friedrichsdorf, S. J.
Pages
23-35
Volume
5
Number
1

The management of pain in pediatric palliative care (PPC) is essential. Whilst the field of pain management has developed over the years, much of what is done in PPC is based on anecdotal evidence or adult studies. This review explores recent developments in pain management in PPC, in particular the WHO guidelines on the pharmacological treatment of persisting pain in children with medical illnesses. Key issues discussed include the definition, assessment, pharmacological and integrative management of pain, availability of medications, education and research. Whilst advances have been made, including publication of the guidelines, significant gaps exist in terms of the evidence base, education and access to essential medications and both interdisciplinary and international collaboration are required to meet these gaps.

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