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Talking to Children and Families about Chronic Pain: The Importance of Pain Education—An Introduction for Pediatricians and Other Health Care Providers

by 1,2,*, 1,2,3 and 4
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Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115 USA
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Division of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Psychology, University of Basel, 4055 Basel, Switzerland
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School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK
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Department of Psychosomatics and Psychiatry and Children’s Research Center, University Children’s Hospital Zurich, 8032 Zurich, Switzerland
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Received: 14 September 2020 / Revised: 28 September 2020 / Accepted: 3 October 2020 / Published: 12 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pediatric Pain Management)
Chronic pain in children and adolescents is a common and debilitating health problem. This narrative review will give a brief overview on what pediatric chronic pain is and what treatment options there are for children and adolescents. The specific emphasis will be on pediatric chronic pain education and communication: this narrative review aims to show how important a good patient–health care provider relationship is—it builds the foundation for successful communication—and how this relationship can be established. In addition, we will present five steps that health care providers can perform to explain pediatric chronic pain to patients and their parents and what to keep in mind in their clinical routine. Our review is intended for pediatricians and other health care providers who treat pediatric patients with chronic pain but might feel uncertain on how to best communicate with them. View Full-Text
Keywords: pediatric chronic pain; communication; pain education; pediatricians pediatric chronic pain; communication; pain education; pediatricians
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Koechlin, H.; Locher, C.; Prchal, A. Talking to Children and Families about Chronic Pain: The Importance of Pain Education—An Introduction for Pediatricians and Other Health Care Providers. Children 2020, 7, 179. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7100179

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Koechlin H, Locher C, Prchal A. Talking to Children and Families about Chronic Pain: The Importance of Pain Education—An Introduction for Pediatricians and Other Health Care Providers. Children. 2020; 7(10):179. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7100179

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Koechlin, Helen, Cosima Locher, and Alice Prchal. 2020. "Talking to Children and Families about Chronic Pain: The Importance of Pain Education—An Introduction for Pediatricians and Other Health Care Providers" Children 7, no. 10: 179. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/children7100179

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