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Commentary on: Høie M, Haraldstad K, Rohde G, et al. How school nurses experience and understand everyday pain among adolescents. BMC Nurs 2017;16:53.
Implications for practice and research
School nurses are well-positioned to support adolescents experiencing pain secondary to stress and unhealthy lifestyle choices, but require training relevant to addressing such antecedents of pain.
Research regarding school-based initiatives aimed at ameliorating common causes of pain, as well as helping adolescents find relief and develop resiliency, is needed.
Pain in school children is a topic receiving increased attention from researchers, clinicians and parents. The impact of pain in school children stems beyond discomfort: children in pain may miss school, are unable to focus on curricular activities, forego social opportunities, and may rely on or misuse analgesic medications.1–3 Pain is a biopsychosocial experience for all, but psychosocial influences are particularly prevalent among adolescents. As …
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