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Promoting the effective management of children’s pain
Promoting the effective management of children’s pain

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2 Creating knowledgeable and confident practitioners

In this section you will explore the first two sections of the framework; creating knowledgeable and confident practitioners and supporting staff to access and use relevant practice guidelines.

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Figure 4: Section 1 of the Framework: Creating knowledgeable and confident practitioners

Experiencing pain can be stressful, especially as a child, and this is compounded if the pain is not relieved and the child doesn’t know or understand the reasons for the pain persisting. One of the key elements of effective pain management was that when pain was managed well, stress was reduced.

The first element of the pain framework focuses on the reduction of stress and the need for health care practitioners to be knowledgeable and confident in managing children’s pain.