Pain and symptom management is considered one of the cornerstones of palliative and hospice medicine. However, general clinicians and specialists are not usually comfortable addressing the most common forms of pain seen in the pediatric population. In addition, non-pain symptom management, especially when related to underlying chronic medical conditions, can be managed by the general clinician and specialists. The goal of this article is to educate clinicians about pain categories, taking a detailed pain history, and developing a plan for treatment, including nonpharmacologic methods. Finally, we discuss common symptoms in patients with chronic medical conditions, including first-line treatment options.
Pain and Symptom Management in Pediatric Palliative Care
Drs Komatz and Carter have disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this article. This commentary does not contain a discussion of an unapproved/investigative use of a commercial product/device.
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Kelly Komatz, Brian Carter; Pain and Symptom Management in Pediatric Palliative Care. Pediatr Rev December 2015; 36 (12): 527–534. https://doi.org/10.1542/pir.36.12.527
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