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Pediatr Clin North Am. 1989 Aug;36(4):781-94.

The undertreatment of pain in children: an overview.

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University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington.


At the present time, the management of pain in children is not addressed with the same vigor and enthusiasm as is the management of pain in adults. Limited accessible information and limited research have allowed inaccurate and inadequate information to persist, which serves to justify the status quo. The personal nature of pain and the complexity of assessing it have offered further obstacles. Changes are occurring, however, which will dramatically alter present practice. It will soon be unacceptable socially and medically to ignore the suffering of children.

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