News Pain management was the subject of a special issue of JAMA last week

Children are often undertreated for pain

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 20 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1185
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    “Children in pain rarely seem to get the attention they need. There is a substantive gap between what we know and what we do,” said Dr Richard Howard, from the anaesthesiology department at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, London, speaking at the American Medical Association's briefing in New York to launch JAMA's theme issue on pain.

    “Infants used to get much less treatment than adults for the same conditions,” he said, because doctors feared side effects in children. Although improvements had been made in the past 20 years—as doctors learnt more about the immature nervous system—there were few good evidence based studies, he said. …

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