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Current Opinion in Pediatrics:
doi: 10.1097/MOP.0b013e328355b2c5
OFFICE PEDIATRICS: Edited by Henry H. Bernstein

Managing procedural pain in pediatric patients

Cramton, Rachel E.M.a,b; Gruchala, Nancy E.a,b

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Abstract

Purpose of review: To review recent research on the management of acute procedural pain in pediatric patients.

Recent findings: Pediatric patients experience pain with the same or greater intensity as their adult counterparts. Recent studies have acknowledged the importance of people's beliefs about pain and of a multidisciplinary approach to the assessment and treatment of acute pain.

Summary: Pediatric patients experience pain from procedures related to their care. Pediatricians should educate themselves regarding the accurate assessment of pain, and the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic methods of managing acute pain.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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