International Association for the Study of Pain® IASP Press®
Progress in Pain
Research and Management, Vol. 20
Editors: G. Allen Finley and Patrick J. McGrath
· Hardbound · 183 pages · ISBN 0-931092-39-6
Price: US$70.00 (US$53.00 for IASP members)
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Acute pain is important not only in terms of the suffering it causes children, but also because it is almost invariably the first step in the development of chronic pain. The management of acute pain often determines children’s later attitudes toward health care in general. How an institution manages acute pain is a marker for how it manages all forms of distress in suffering children.
Fifteen years ago, undermedication of postoperative pain in children was widespread in comparison to the treatment offered adults. Current systemic and regional analgesic techniques allow more aggressive treatment of acute pain, and the management of pediatric procedure pain has seen an upsurge in interest.
However, many challenges remain ― the impact of powerful analgesics on physical development, the management of pain in the cognitively impaired, the high prevalence of pain in sports injuries, ethics in pain management, and cultural and institutional constraints on transforming into clinical practice the knowledge gained from research.
This volume documents the past twenty years’ progress in the aggressive management of acute pain in children. Leading clinicians and scientists discuss mapping the complex cascade of events occurring in response to pain in both the central and peripheral nervous systems and the many ways to manage acute pediatric pain.
Acute and Procedure Pain in Infants and Children represents the first attempt to address this topic from the perspective of basic science, clinical practice, and ethical responsibility. The editors have assembled an impressive array of internationally renowned clinicians and scientists whose contributions in this book will set the standard for future exploration of these topics
Table of Contents
1. Hyperalgesia and Allodynia in Infants. Maria Fitzgerald and Jonathan de Lima
2. Simple and Systemic Management of Postoperative Pain. Neil S. Morton
3. Local and Regional Analgesia. Andrew R. Wolf
4. Pharmacological Management of Procedure Pain. G. Allen Finley
5. Psychological and Integrative Interventions in Pediatric Procedure Pain. Anne E. Kazak and Alicia Kunin-Batson
6. Acute Pain Management in Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Bonnie Stevens
7. Injury and Pain in the Adolescent Athlete. William D. Stanish, Dean A. Tripp, Catherine Coady, and Michael Biddulph
8. The Politics of Pediatric Pain. Nuala P. Kenny
9. Toward a Pain-Free Hospital. Steven J. Weisman
With the ongoing challenge of balancing effective pain management with patient safety and the reality of economic constraints, this book will be very helpful to many healthcare professionals caring for children who may experience pain. APS Bulletin
Acute and Procedure Pain in Infants and Children attempts to "cover [pediatric pain] from basic science to the bedside and even beyond to the community." This multiauthored book, edited by two renowned experts in the field of pediatric pain management, does an excellent job of attaining its goal ... [and] does not have a narrow perspective. There are nine well-organized chapters. Eight of the chapters are required reading for anyone providing health care to children.
This book has an unusual approach to the subject of
paediatric pain in that it touches on basic science, clinical practice, and
ethical issues. The editors are well-known international experts in the field,
as are the contributing authors, and this makes for a powerful combination in
providing this reference on paediatric pain. It is published under the
auspices of the International Association for the Study of Pain and is
reasonably priced at US$70.
... the chapters are well written and thoroughly cover the subject of acute
and procedural pain in children ... there is an excellent chapter on neonatal
‘The Politics of Pediatric Pain’ may seem to be an odd heading, but this is a very important chapter that should be read by a much wider audience than the readers of this book. This chapter addresses ‘The paradox of the central moral obligation of physicians and other caregivers to relieve pain and the failure to identify pain relief as a priority for medical practice and education ... the widespread failure to bring optimal pain and symptom control to adults and children is, therefore, not simply a clinical failure. It is a moral and ethical failure.’
In summary, this book is comprehensive, well written, and easy to read, and should be recommended to all those working with children in health care.
The book succeeds in its stated goal of examining
aspects of paediatric acute and procedural pain, from the laboratory to the
bedside. It does not aim to be a comprehensive text, rather a series of
stand-alone chapters which loosely link basic science, clinical practice, and
cultural attitudes relevant to paediatric pain management.
I think this book is useful for all physicians and nurses who handle a child in pain, whether due to a medical condition, trauma, or surgery. The author is a credible authority.The book is well prepared. The author’s effort to collect almost all of the available published information concerning the management of pain in children shows. The book highlights the problem of the underevaluation of the danger of pain and consequently the undertreatment of pain in children and adolescents, whether by parents or medical professionals. It is the first publication I have seen that covers these important topics. Doody’s Notes
2001 · Hardbound · 183 pages · ISBN 0-931092-39-6 ·Price: US$70.00 (US$53.00 for IASP members)