n South African Medical Journal - Managing pain in children at the end of life : what the GP should know : CME - article




Managing disease- and procedure-related pain in children is paramount. Chronically ill children, especially those requiring repeated procedures or admissions, may experience a significant burden of pain. If poorly managed, it has a negative impact on quality of life and parent-child relationships.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the principles of palliative care are applicable to all children with chronic illnesses from the time of diagnosis. A key component of palliative care is good pain management.


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