Thesis / Dissertation

Procedural pain assessment in infants and young children: identifying a suitable behavioural assessment scale

Dianne Crellin, Nicola Santamaria (ed.)

Published : 2018

Abstract

Infants and young children frequently experience pain as a consequence of medical procedures associated with their healthcare. Pain management is often suboptimal, and this is in part due to the difficulties associated with assessment of pain of infants and children too young to self-report pain intensity. Observable behaviours indicative of pain have long been considered a viable alternative and scales comprised of these behaviours have proliferated in the literature. However, it remains unclear which scales are best suited for procedural pain assessment and whether they are well supported by psychometric data. The aims of this project were to: identify behavioural observation scales poten..

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