Fundamentals of chronic pain in children and young people: pathophysiology and consequences
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Fundamentals of chronic pain in children and young people: pathophysiology and consequences

Learn about the prevalence, pathophysiology, contributing factors and consequences of chronic pain in children

World Continuing Education Alliance
Updated Dec 18, 2019

Persistent and recurrent pain is a common condition in childhood. Chronic pain can have a negative effect on all aspects of quality of life, including physical, emotional, social and role functioning. A small percentage of these children and young people (5-8%) will experience significant impairments due to their pain condition. Most chronic pain requires a holistic multidisciplinary approach to treatment - pharmacological, physical and psychological strategies. Nurses are key members of the health care team in terms of helping children, young people and their families to manage the negative consequences of chronic pain. This learning module reviews the prevalence, pathophysiology, contributing factors, consequences.

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