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School nurses are able to support adolescents experiencing pain secondary to stress and unhealthy lifestyle choices
  1. Brenna Quinn
  1. Solomont School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Brenna Quinn, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Solomont School of Nursing, Lowell, MA 01854, USA; Brenna_Quinn{at}uml.edu

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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.

Context

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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