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Managing pain in children at the end of life: What the GP should know

Michelle A Meiring


Managing disease- and procedure-related pain in children is paramount. Chronically ill children, especially those requiring repeated procedures or admissions, may experience a significant burden of pain. If poorly managed, it has a negative impact on quality of life and parent-child relationships. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the principles of palliative care are applicable to all children with chronic illnesses from the time of diagnosis.A key component of palliative care is good pain management. 


Author's affiliations

Michelle A Meiring, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, and Division of Family Medicine, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town; Sarah Fox Convalescent Hospital, Athlone, Cape Town; and Palliative Treatment for Children (PATCH-SA), Cape Town, South Africa

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Palliative care; Pain

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2014;104(7):512. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8462

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-05-15
Date published: 2014-07-01

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