Pediatric procedural pain

Behav Modif. 2006 Jan;30(1):24-49. doi: 10.1177/0145445505282438.


This article reviews the various settings in which infants, children, and adolescents experience pain during acute medical procedures and issues related to referral of children to pain management teams. In addition, self-report, reports by others, physiological monitoring, and direct observation methods of assessment of pain and related constructs are discussed and recommendations are provided. Pharmacological, other medical approaches, and empirically supported cognitive behavioral interventions are reviewed. Salient features of the interventions are discussed, and recommendations are made for necessary components of effective treatment interventions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Ambulatory Care*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Neoplasms / complications
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain / psychology*