Bringing It All Together: A Review of the Challenges in Measuring Children's Satisfaction as a Key Component of Acute Pain Management

Children (Basel). 2020 Nov 20;7(11):243. doi: 10.3390/children7110243.


In 2008, the Pediatric Initiative on Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials (PedIMMPACT) published a consensus statement that recognized the dearth of research surrounding the topic of children's satisfaction with acute pain management. This review of published literature will summarize what is known about the topic of children's satisfaction with pain management, identify current gaps in the knowledge, and provide direction for future research in this critical area. Including children in the decision-making process as soon as they are developmentally able is a concept that is the fundamental basis for seeking assent and more active roles within healthcare decisions for children. It is the responsibility of adults to provide them with increasing opportunities for self-evaluation and more independent management of their healthcare, encouraging the development of children into adults. As clinicians and researchers, it is our prerogative to support the maturation of children by building effective methods to communicate their satisfaction with acute pain treatment and healthcare. Children's satisfaction with acute pain management is not well studied and further research is needed for the development of inclusive, developmentally appropriate measures of satisfaction for our pediatric patients.

Keywords: pain; pain management; pediatric; satisfaction.

Publication types

  • Review