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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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