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PAIN5018: Pain in Children

This unit provides an opportunity for students to understand the developmental physiology and psychology of infants and children, together with the pharmacology (particularly with reference to dose and route of administration) of pain management in children. Particular attention is given to management of acute pain in children, both post-operative and procedure-related pain, to methods of pain assessment in children of various ages, to non-pharmacological pain management strategies and to chronic pain presentations in children.

Code PAIN5018
Academic unit Discipline of Pain Medicine
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe and critically discuss what is currently known about the developmental mechanisms of pain in the young, including neonates
  • LO2. Describe and critically discuss the assessment of the common types of pain in children
  • LO3. Describe and critically discuss the psychological and social factors associated with children’s experience of pain
  • LO4. Describe and discuss the assessment and management of acute, procedural, chronic and cancer pains in children.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.