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Pain management for pediatric tonsillectomy: An integrative review through the perioperative and home experience


  • Disclosure: The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest. Elizabeth Ely serves on JSPN's editorial board. Submissions from members of the journal's editorial staff or editorial board receive double-blind peer review. Journal staff and editorial board members are not assigned to the review of or make decisions on manuscripts for which they are listed as authors.



This integrative review aims to increase our understanding of current pain management care practices for children undergoing tonsillectomy.


Synthesis of the literature resulted in four main opportunities for care providers to manage pain: preoperative education and preparation, intraoperative surgical interventions, and postoperative pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions in the post anesthesia care unit and home settings.

Practice Implications

Nurses have many opportunities to understand pain management practices and intervene to minimize pain experienced in pediatric outpatients undergoing tonsillectomy.