It Doesn't Have to Hurt

For Health Professionals

For You

Health professionals are often searching for more information on pain management in children. On this page we showcase our research and resources that are most relevant for health professionals.

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Our Work


We also conduct original grant-funded research on a range of topics in children's pain management, with a focus on developmental, psychological, and family factors.

Click on the links below to find out more about our research.

Making a difference for kids in pain

Our research is looking to understand stakeholders' needs for successfully engaging in activities to make a difference in children’s pain.

Pain in juvenile idiopathic arthritis

We looked at factors that contribute to resilience and risk in youth with JIA pain and their caregivers.

Pain in childhood cancer survivors

We learned more about pain in childhood cancer survivors.

Social media for health researchers

We completed a needs assessment with health researchers and trainees about their social media use.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become involved in your work?

We are always interested in hearing from health professionals who are interested in our work. Please email Dr. Chambers and introduce yourself.

What can I do to make needles less painful for children?

Check out all of our resources. You can sort by type of resource and by topic of interest to help narrow it down.

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Science Helping Children


Featured Story

by Tracy - Sydney

"Stay ahead of the pain"


#ItDoesntHaveToHurt, Post-operative Pain

Age Group

Child (5-12 years)

As a Mom, I read your tip sheet with interest to prepare for my daughter's tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy. The biggest take away being to stay ahead of the pain. When we received her surgery date in September, we had a plan. We...

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Leading the Charge

Dr. Christine Chambers

Dr. Christine Chambers

Dr. Chambers is an international leader in the study of children’s pain. She holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children's Pain and is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience & Pediatrics and at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her research team is based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre. Her award-winning work spans research, training, knowledge translation, and advocacy.

About Us
Our Team
Our Work
IWK Health Centre
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
Dalhousie University