Most hospitalized children continue to experience persistent pain despite receiving appropriate therapies and treatment, according to research published in Pain Management Nursing
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, Md., analyzed the medical charts of 199 patients below the age of 22 who were treated at Johns Hopkins between 2007 and 2008. Data showed that 86 percent of the children experienced pain, and 40 percent of those rated the pain as moderate or severe.
Older children had higher pain scores than infants, toddlers and children with developmental delays, which may reflect a need for more accurate pain scoring tools for young and nonverbal children, researchers said.
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