Parental Management of Pediatric Pain
Michelle Fortier, Ph.D.
Dept. of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care, UCI
November 19, 2012
1517 Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway
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Abstract: Over 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year1 and the overwhelming majority will experience pain throughout their treatment trajectory.2-3 Unfortunately, pediatric cancer pain is inadequately treated, despite the availability of pain management protocols. Moreover, with the shift of treatment from the hospital to the outpatient setting, parents are becoming increasingly responsible for their children’s pain management. Parents are not always equipped to manage children’s pain and tend to provide suboptimal analgesia. Data will be presented to describe the prevalence of pediatric cancer pain as well as barriers to adequate management of children’s pain in the home setting. Interventions for pediatric pain will be discussed, with a specific focus on incorporating information technology in innovative ways to engage children in their healthcare and improve cancer pain management.
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