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Airing Pain 3: Children in Pain

The hidden problem of pain in children and young people, plus tributes to Pain Concern patron Claire Rayner

Chronic pain is as widespread in children and young people as in the population as a whole, but is probably even less well understood. Jan Barton and her son Sam, who grew up in constant pain, discuss their struggle to get a proper diagnosis and to find effective treatment, while, Dr Christina Liossi explains how hypnosis can be particularly valuable as an approach to managing pain for children. Dr Amanda Williams describes the psychologist’s role in helping patients manage their pain and Dr Tonya Palermo explains how a psychologist can explain pain to young people.

We also pay tribute to the late Claire Rayner, indefatigable campaigner for patients’ rights and patron of Pain Concern, who died October 12th aged 79.

Issues covered in this programme include: Children and young people, vascular lesion, misunderstanding, misdiagnosis, depression, side-effects, hallucination, family, psychology, exercise, school, hypnotherapy, communication and leg pain.


  • Heather Wallace, Chair of Pain Concern
  • Dr Martin Johnson, Chair, the Royal College of General Practitioners’ pain management group
  • Claire Rayner, Patron of Pain Concern
  • Sam Barton, Growing Up in Pain
  • Jan Barton, Growing Up in Pain
  • Dr Tonya Palermo, Paediatric Psychologist and Associate Professor, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Dr Christina Liossi, Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, University of Southampton and Clinical Psychologist, Great Ormond Street chronic pain clinic.
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