Webinar Series - Reducing Pain in Infants and Young Children During Pokes and Other Procedures

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Denise Harrison RN PhD, Christine Chambers PhD, Janet Yamada RN


All infants and young children experience pain. Within their first few days of life, healthy babies undergo routine but painful blood tests, while older babies and young children are administered vaccinations in hospital and community settings. Furthermore, sick infants and young children often experience frequent painful procedures throughout their hospitalization. Pain can be a source of stress for both parents and their children, and untreated pain can lead to adverse short and long-term consequences. Providing effective ways of reducing pain should be an important aspect of a child’s care plan; these strategies can be easier and quicker to use than generally perceived. However, despite research evidence supporting the use of these strategies, implementing them into practice in hospitals and other healthcare settings can be difficult. Evidence is ultimately only one factor determining successful and effective pain management practices; the context of the work setting is also an important consideration in how children’s pain is managed.

Join us as we explore such questions as:

  • What are the psychological consequences of pain for infants, young children, and their parents?
  • What is the best evidence we have to reduce pain in infants during painful procedures such as blood tests and other pokes?
  • What strategies do we currently use to reduce pain in infants?
  • What are the important elements of a hospital unit or outpatient setting that support the use of best evidence to reduce pain?

Reducing Pain in Infants and Young Children During Pokes and Other Procedures is the second of a series of webinars jointly supported by the CIHR Team in Children's Pain Grant (PI: Dr. Bonnie Stevens), the CIHR Knowledge Synthesis: Systematic Review of Sweet Solutions for Acute Pain Relief in Infants Grant (PI: Dr. Bonnie Stevens) and CAPHC.

In this webinar, Denise Harrison RN PhD from The Hospital for Sick Children and Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Christine Chambers PhD from the Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Hospital for Children and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and Janet Yamada will draw from their research and clinical expertise to provide an overview of the best evidence for pain management strategies in infants and young children and factors influencing how the evidence is used.

Topics covered in this 1.5 hour webinar will include:

  • Consequences of pain;
  • Evidence, context and facilitation; what is it, what does it mean?
  • Best evidence for pain reduction in infants and young children;
  • The elements of positive context in healthcare settings;
  • The best ways to facilitate the improvement of pain management in infants and young children

Resources and References

Presenter bios:

Denise Harrison RN PhD

Dr. Denise Harrison is a postdoctoral fellow in the CIHR Team in Children’s Pain at the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. She is also Associate Editor (Neonatal) of the Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing Journal and the column editor for Implementation Matters for the International Association for the Study of Pain, Special Interest Group newsletter. Her research interests include the effectiveness of sweet solutions for pain in diverse populations of infants, and utilization of pain assessment tools, and effective pain management strategies for hospitalized infants. Denise is the Principal Investigator of a Nurses Board of Victoria Grant; Be Sweet to Babies during Immunisation and a co-investigator on the CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant: Systematic Review of Sweet Solutions for Acute Pain Relief in Infants.

Christine Chambers PhD

Dr. Christine Chambers is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychologyand Canada Research Chair in Pain and Child Health at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre. Dr. Chambers' grant-funded research examines developmental and social influences on children's pain, including family influences in pediatric chronic pain and disability, pain measurement in children, and sleep disturbances among adolescents with chronic pain. She is the recipient of a number of early career awards from organizations such as the Canadian Pain Society and the Canadian Psychological Association.

Our research team is based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK. We have an active lab, with one postdoctoral fellow (Dr. Sara King), 5 PhD Students in Clinical Psychology, 1 Masters Student, and several full and part-time research staff. We welcome the opportunity to work with undergraduate students interested in learning more about research with children.

Janet Yamada

Janet Yamada, RN, PhD(c) is a student at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and a Nursing Research Associate at the Hospital for Sick Children. Her PhD thesis focuses on a process evaluation of the EPIC intervention to improve neonatal pain practices.

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