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Airing Pain 40: Children in Pain

The pain man­age­ment needs of chil­dren and young peo­ple and the impact of their pain on fam­i­ly life

This pro­gramme was fund­ed by Pain Concern’s sup­port­ers and friends.

This pro­gramme focus­es on pain in chil­dren and young peo­ple, includ­ing the dif­fer­ent needs they have and the unique chal­lenges that their care presents com­pared to adult patients.

Paul Evans and Chris­tine John­ston talk to experts at children’s hos­pi­tals in Edin­burgh and Glas­gow about the strate­gies they use for help­ing young peo­ple to cope with pain. Although there are obvi­ous dif­fer­ences between treat­ing an infant and a teenag­er, the aim is always to enable young peo­ple in pain to live the fullest lives they can, while min­imis­ing the effects on their edu­ca­tion and socialisation.

We also con­sid­er the wider impact of a young per­son in pain upon the fam­i­ly unit and we hear from Sam Mason about how chron­ic pain has impact­ed his life at home and at school.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Chil­dren, young peo­ple, fam­i­ly, par­ents, school, hor­mon­al imbal­ance, psy­chol­o­gy, phys­io­ther­a­py, psy­choso­cial devel­op­ment, com­mu­ni­cat­ing pain, TENS, ENM, mus­cu­loskele­tal pain, acupunc­ture, breath­ing exer­cis­es and peer support.


  • Jean Ead­ie, Pae­di­atric Phys­io­ther­a­pist, Roy­al Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren, Yorkhill, Glasgow
  • Pamela Cup­ples, Con­sul­tant Anaes­thetist, Roy­al Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren, Yorkhill, Glasgow
  • Mary Rose, Con­sul­tant Anaes­thetist, Pain Clin­ic, Roy­al Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren, Edinburgh
  • Sam and Lynn Mason, Patient and fam­i­ly member
  • Mandy Sim, Pain Man­age­ment Nurse, Pain Clin­ic, Roy­al Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren, Edinburgh.


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