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Stories of Children's Pain: Linking Evidence to Practice

by Bernie Carter and Joan Simons SAGE Publications Ltd
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Working with a child in pain is difficult, unavoidable and especially challenging when the child cannot explain what they are feeling. In this important book, Bernie Carter and Joan Simons bring together experience, evidence and research to deconstruct the topic and present the reality of children's pain. Each chapter starts with a personal story from a child, a family member or a healthcare professional. The stories are drawn from a wealth of original research, and focus the reader on the individual child and their family. The chapter then goes on to introduce the relevant research, theory and implications for practice, so health professionals can use the evidence to support compassionate, child-centred care. Among the topics addressed are: - Ethical dilemmas - Assessing pain - Working in different settings - Inexplicable pain It is valuable reading for any healthcare student or professional working with children of all ages.

Managing Neonatal Pain
Advice on Discharge
Managing Procedural Pain
Pain in Sickle Cell Disease
Parents Managing their Children's Pain
Existential Pain and the Importance of Place and Presence
Managing Pain in PICU
Assessing and Managing Pain in a Child Who is Cognitively Impaired
Fear, Pain and Illness
Acute Pain Developing into Chronic Pain
Language, Metaphor, Imagery and the Expression of Pain
Minor Injury, Acute Pain, Wounds and What Really Hurts
Nonpharmacological Methods of Pain Relief
Neuropathic Pain
Organisational Imperatives and Individual Responsibility to Avoid Poor Pain Management

Carter and Simons frame their thorough discussions of the evidence-based literature on pain within extended first-person stories of the children themselves, their families, and the nurses struggling to provide good care. Real people with fears, frustrations, and losses are never subsumed into that abstract entity called "patients". Carter and Simons make a clear case for how much pain matters in treating illness, and why personal caring makes all the difference in treating pain.

Bernie Carter is Professor of Childrenas Nursing at the University of Central Lancashire and Alder Hey Childrenas NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom. She is a Clinical Professor at the University of Tasmania and Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Child Health Care. She was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in recognition of her contributions to the field of childrenas pain. Bernieas research and writing focuses on childrenas pain experiences and the assessment of childrenas pain. She is particularly interested in improving the lives of children with complex health care needs and life limiting/threatening illness. Bernie's research work draws particularly on narrative and appreciative inquiry and on arts-based methods as a means of engaging with children and eliciting stories of their experiences, hopes, beliefs and concerns. Bernie believes that stories are at the heart of the connections we make with children, families and their experiences of pain.