Chapter 1. Why Managing Pain in Children Matters

  1. Alison Twycross Prinicipal Lecturer1,
  2. Stephanie J. Dowden Clinical Nurse Consultant2 and
  3. Elizabeth Bruce Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist3
  1. Alison Twycross Prinicipal Lecturer

Published Online: 7 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444322743.ch1

Managing Pain in Children: A Clinical Guide

Managing Pain in Children: A Clinical Guide

How to Cite

Twycross, A. (2009) Why Managing Pain in Children Matters, in Managing Pain in Children: A Clinical Guide (eds A. Twycross, S. J. Dowden and E. Bruce), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444322743.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Children's Nursing, Kingston University and St George's University of London, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, London, United Kingdom

  2. 2

    Paediatric Palliative Care, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Subiaco, Perth, Australia (Formerly Clinical Nurse Consultant, Children's Pain Management Service, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia)

  3. 3

    Pain Control Service, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. Children's Nursing, Kingston University and St George's University of London, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, London, United Kingdom

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405168946

Online ISBN: 9781444322743

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Keywords:

  • managing pain in children and why it matters;
  • pain definition and pain management;
  • experience of pain - subjective and individual phenomenon;
  • painful experiences - being a part of life for every child;
  • factors influencing nurses' pain management practices;
  • pain management standards in other countries;
  • consequences of unrelieved pain;
  • key misconceptions about pain in children;
  • current pain management practices;
  • professional accountability

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • What is Pain?

  • Consequences of Unrelieved Pain

  • Children's Views about the Effectiveness of Pain Management

  • Misconceptions about Pain

  • Factors Affecting Nurses' Perceptions of Pain

  • Pain Management Standards

  • How Effective are Current Pain Management Practices?

  • Professional Accountability

  • Managing Pain in Children is an Ethical Imperative

  • Summary

  • References