Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Acute Pain in Children, Procedural

  • Christina Liossi
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_70


Pediatric Pharmacological Interventions; Pediatric Psychological Interventions; Pediatric Integrated Care for Painful Procedures; Acute Procedural Pain in Children


Acute procedural pain refers to the pain that infants and children experience as a result of necessary  invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Procedural pain management refers to the pharmacological, psychological and physical interventions used to prevent, reduce or eliminate pain sensations in children arising as a result of an invasive or aversive medical procedure.


Acute procedural pain is a significant problem for infants and children and, regrettably, is currently undertreated in many centers. A recent survey of institutions in the Pediatric Oncology Group (Broome et al. 1996) found that 67% of institutions routinely used local anesthesia, 22% used systemic premedication and 11% used different relaxation techniques for management of painful procedures such as lumbar...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christina Liossi
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  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of Southampton and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick ChildrenLondonUK