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Parents’ preferences on pain treatment, even when faced with medication dilemmas, influence their decisions to administer opioids in children
  1. Samina Ali1,
  2. Naveen Poonai2
  1. 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta, Women and Children's Health Research Institute, Edmonton, Canada;
  2. 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Western University, Children's Health Research Institute, London, Canada
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Samina Ali, Department of Pediatrics, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, Room 3-583, 11405 87 th Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 1C9; sali{at}ualberta.ca

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Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses have an important responsibility to educate and empower parents about providing pain medication to children.

  • Nurses should be trained and confident in providing education to families about at-home pain management for children.

  • Future researchers should focus on developing family-friendly pain measurement tools for parents to use with their child.

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The undertreatment of children's pain has been a long-standing issue.1 Healthcare professional, parental and patient preferences and knowledge can influence pain treatment. Voepel-Lewis and colleagues shed some light on how parental perceptions of their child's pain and their understanding of …

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