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Pain Management, Research and Education Centre

The Pain Management, Research and Education Centre (Pain Centre) is a leading international paediatric centre specializing in pain prevention and treatment. We aim to prevent and minimize pain for all children in a family-centered environment by fostering collaboration, excellence, integrity, and innovation between interprofessional teams that integrate clinical care, education, and research.

The SickKids Pain Centre is one of only two institutions in the country with certification from ChildKind, an international organization that recognizes health-care institutions that provide excellent pain care for children. The Centre is also Central Canada’s regional hub for the national mobilization network, Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP)

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The SickKids Pain Centre is co-directed by  Dr. Fiona Campbell  and  Dr. Jennifer Stinson, and includes prominent scientists, clinician leaders, and partners from top national and international paediatric organizations. The Centre collaborates with top international research scientists to lead ground-breaking projects across the fields of clinical and basic science.

We host the internationally-recognized training program  Pain in Child Health (PICH) and lead outstanding local and global initiatives in paediatric pain (hosting educational events, creating educational materials for healthcare professionals, kids, and families, and funding research competitions).

We ensure safe and effective pain practice for children by providing leadership for local and global paediatric pain initiatives. We’re continuously building on our culture of appropriate expectations for pain through pain management, research, and education initiatives. 

Education and training resources

We work with all types of health-care professionals, providing access to the most current evidence-based recommendations, resources and training opportunities.

Pain in Child Health (PICH) program

The PICH research training initiative at SickKids has transformed Canada into a world leader in paediatric pain research, bringing the international paediatric pain research community together across several collaborative efforts.

PICH has cultivated a tight-knit community of scientists and trainees dedicated to learning and informing changes in practice to minimize pain and suffering of children around the globe. These are just a handful of PICH’s successes over the past 10 years.

 contact-email-icon-small.png For all inquiries about PICH, please contact pain.childhealth@sickkids.ca

Research

The Pain Centre administers pain-focused grant competitions and directs outcome evaluation for Pain Centre-sponsored research initiatives.

Internal researchers

Associate scientists

Research Associates

  • Dr. Chitra Lalloo

Project Investigators

  • Dr. Fiona Campbell
  • Dr. Naiyi Sun
  • Dr. Danielle Ruskin
  • Dr. Sacha Litwin

External researchers

Sign up for a free Pain Centre membership

Both health-care professionals and patients & families can register for a free SickKids Pain Centre membership! Get access to resources, opportunities and events in pain management, education/knowledge mobilization and research.

Register online through the links below!

For health-care professionals   For patients and families

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Online Paediatric Pain curriculum

The goal of the OPPC is to provide a broad education platform for health-care professionals to learn about pain with clinical, basic science and ethical themes. They 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 contains a number of cases illustrating the concepts covered in the module

Neurobiology of Pain

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.

Development of Children's Pain Perception

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.

Epidemiology & Taxonomy of Paediatric Pain

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.

Assessment and Measurement of Paediatric Pain

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

Paediatric Pain: Pharmacological Therapies

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

Treating Pain in Children: Non-Pharmacological Therapies

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

Acute Pain: Special Considerations

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.

Chronic Pain Management: Special Considerations

This course explores key concepts in chronic pain and pain assessment, the extent and potential consequences of chronic pain, and developing a chronic pain management plan using the '3 Ps' approach.

Management of Pain in Paediatric Palliative Care

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.

Ethical Considerations for Children with Pain

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.

Contact us

Have a question? Get in touch with us today by emailing pain.centre@sickkids.ca

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