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Online Paediatric Pain Curriculum

Welcome to the Online Paediatric Pain Curriculum! The goal of this curriculum is to provide a broad education platform, for health-care professionals to learn about pain within clinical, basic science, and ethical themes. These 10 modules are free and can be viewed independently and interchangeably.

Features of the core curriculum include:

  • Based on the International Association for the Study of Pain Core Curriculum for professional education in pain.
  • Available to anyone via the web, anywhere in the world.
  • Each module contain a number of cases illustrating the concepts covered in the module.

Please remember to complete the evaluation at the end of each module so that we can receive your important feedback on how to improve the modules. 

Module 1: Neurobiology of Pain

Simon Beggs

Differentiate between pain and nociception; understand the difference between adult and preterm neonate nociception and the long term consequences of painful events in early life.

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Module 2: Development of Children's Pain Perception

Katelynn Boerner, Kenneth Craig, Rebecca Pillai Ridell and Christine Chambers

Describe myths and misconceptions concerning pain and psychological functioning in infants, children and adolescence; understand changes in pain perception of children as they go through developmental stages as well as the social, cultural and biological influence in children's perception of pain.

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Module 3: Epidemiology and Taxonomy of Paediatric Pain                                

Jennifer Hickman and Steven Weisman

Learn the different classification systems of paediatric pain; grasp problems with epidemiological studies of paediatric pain and be able to discuss the prevalence of common paediatric pain conditions.

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Module 4: Assessment and Measurement of Paediatric Pain                                              

Lisa Isaac, Jennifer Tyrrell and Carl L. von Baeyer

Define assessment and measurement; describe the components of a thorough pain assessment; be able to choose an appropriate pain intensity scale to quantify pain.

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Module 5: Paediatric Pain: Pharmacological Therapies

Christine Greco and Navil Sethna

Understand developmental differences in pharmacology; understand the pharmacology and side effects of commonly used anaelgesics and be able to chose appropriate pharmacological agents.

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Module 6: Treating Pain in Children: Non-Pharmacological Therapies

Tonya Palermo, Amy Lewandowski Holley and Emily Law

Make informed decision for the use of non-pharmacological pain management and identify appropriate non-pharmacological interventions for acute and chronic pain.

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Module 7: Acute Pain Management: Special Considerations

Richard Howard and Judy Peters

Identify types of acute pain and describe the neurophysiology and adverse effects; understand the principles of acute pain and management and list risk factors and preventive measures for progression from acute to chronic pain. 

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Module 8: Chronic Pain Management: Special Considerations

Fiona Campbell, Anna Huguet, and Michael Sangster.

Explain key concepts of chronic pain; understand prevalence of chronic pain and related disability; describe a chronic pain management plan using the "3-P's" approach.

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Module 9: Management of Pain in Paediatric Palliative Care

Stephanie Dowden and Chantal Wood

Define paediatric palliative pain; identify types of pain and other key symptoms experienced at different stages of palliative care trajectory including end of life; understand key factors to minimize suffering at end of life.

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Module 10: Ethical Considerations for Children with Pain

Franco Carnavale, Christina Rosmus and Annik Otis

Describe key ethical concepts that should be considered when caring for children; outline significant ethical concerns that can arise in the paediatric context and discuss how these ethical concerns should be managed.

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We would like to acknowledge the financial contributions of the Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood of the International Association for the Study of Pain; the Canadian Pain Society; the MAYDAY Fund; University of Toronto; SickKids Foundation; and the Pain in Child Health Strategic Training Initiative and the Team in Children's Pain funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.