Pain: nonmalignant disease: Edited by Beverly CollettChronic pain in children and young peopleGoddard, John MAuthor Information Sheffield Children's Hospital, Western Bank, Sheffield, UK Correspondence to John M. Goddard, MBBS, MRCP, FRCA, FFPMRCA, Consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Sheffield Children's Hospital, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TH, UK Tel: +44 114 2717522; fax: +44 1142717183; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care: June 2011 - Volume 5 - Issue 2 - p 158-163 doi: 10.1097/SPC.0b013e328345832d Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review In response to a considerable volume of clinical research into chronic pain in children and young people, recent systematic reviews now provide an evidence base for management. Clinicians should be aware of this evidence and areas in which evidence is lacking. Recent findings There is a strong evidence base for psychological interventions in several conditions; computerized delivery with therapist support shows promise. Multidisciplinary services are required for a small cohort of patients. The role and effects of parents in their child's pain is becoming clearer; effective interventions for parents are being developed. The evidence for effective pharmacotherapy is poor, apart from the acute management of headache. Summary Clinicians need to be aware of the therapeutic effect of the psychosocial approach to the management of chronic pain in children and young people. Further research is required into the pharmacological and physical aspects of management, which remain important. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.