CAPHC Pain Community of Practice - Call to Action!

The Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC), Pain CoP works to improve health outcomes for infants and children by reducing pain experienced during medical procedures, healthcare interventions, and both acute and chronic conditions, disease or disability.

Current project:  The Pain CoP has chosen acute procedural pain as its first area of focus.  A systematic review was conducted to develop practice recommendations, resulting in 6 key acute procedural pain management recommendations.  A freely available web-based Acute Procedural Pain Toolkit to support implementation of these recommendations in being developed and will be published to the CAPHC Knowledge Exchange Network ( ). A Knowledge Exchange plan will be created to raise awareness and support dissemination of this resource.  

Call to Action:  Best evidence products need active support to be adopted in practice. The Pain CoP is looking for clinicians, managers, patients and families to be Pain Champions and provide their expertise on the web-based Acute Procedural Pain Toolkit, and help move it into practice at CAPHC member organizations across Canada.   We also want to hear about your priorities, work, research and programs.  Complete your Member Profile Now and bring your voice to the conversation.

Background:   Pain is the most common reason for seeking health care in the western world and is a contributing factor in up to 80% of all emergency department visits.(Cordell, WH 2002; Tababe, P, 1999; Johnston, CC, 2005) The average child in developed countries receives a minimum of 18 skin-puncturing injections by the age of 16, in simply following the currently recommended vaccination schedule.  Although there has been a significant amount of research in the area of improving pain treatment for children, there is evidence to suggest that interventions for painful procedures are not being consistently used.

The World Health Organization supports optimal pain treatment as a fundamental human right. Endorsed by The Canadian Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics (MacLean, S, 2007; World Health Organization, 2007), the prevention and treatment of pain in children should be the goal of all caregivers because painful exposures have the potential for both short and long-term deleterious consequences. Proven and safe therapies are currently underutilized for routine minor, yet painful, procedures. Every health care facility caring for children should implement an effective pain prevention program that includes strategies for assessing, minimizing, and managing pain. (Canadian Paediatric Society, updated 2015)  

The CAPHC Pain Community of Practice (CoP) represents a group of professionals, informally bound to one another through exposure to a common class of challenges and common pursuit of solutions. We have a focus on nurturing new knowledge, stimulating innovation, sharing knowledge and quality improvement. Possible outputs could include leading practices, guidelines, knowledge repositories, technical problem and solution discussions, working papers, and strategies.

Help reduce pain for kids today!
Contact Lisa Stromquist for more information on how you can be a Pain Champion!



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