Research and Education Highlights

Ouch! That hurts!

Posted on 02-09-2009 — Most people associate childhood vaccinations with pain, but new Canadian research shows this doesn’t have to be the case. In a comprehensive scientific overview published in the August supplement of the journal Clinical Therapeutics, scientists at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, the University of Western Ontario and Mount Sinai Hospital analyzed data from 71 studies involving 8,050 children to determine the best physical, psychological and pharmacologic strategies to minimize vaccine injection pain in children.

Reduced Infant Response to a Routine Care Procedure After Sucrose Analgesia

Posted on 09-03-2009 — Sucrose has analgesic and calming effects in newborns. To date, it is not known whether the beneficial effects extend to caregiving procedures that are performed after pain procedures. Our objective was to determine the effect of sucrose analgesia for procedural pain on infant pain responses during a subsequent caregiving procedure

Interfaculty Pain Curriculum: Lessons learned from six years experience

Posted on 25-09-2008 — Minimal pain content has been documented in pre-licensure curricula and students lack important pain knowledge at graduation. To address this problem, we have implemented and evaluated a mandatory Interfaculty Pain Curriculum (IPC) yearly since 2002.