It Doesn't Have to Hurt

For Parents

For You

It can take as long as 17 years for research findings to reach patients and families. On this page we showcase our research and resources that are most relevant for parents. We are also always looking for parents to participate in our research or get involved as parent partners.

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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.

Pain in juvenile idiopathic arthritis

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

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 childhood cancer survivors

We learned more about pain in childhood cancer survivors.

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis and treatment-related pain

We wanted to better understand parent perspectives of arthritis- and treatment-related pain in children.

Parent Engagement

Parents and patients are important partners in our work. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become involved in your work?

We are always interested in hearing from parents and patients who are interested in our work. Please email Dr. Chambers and introduce yourself. You can also share your story through our website.

How can I participate in a research study?

Check out our work and see if there are any opportunities available or contact us by email and we’ll let you know what studies are currently ongoing.

I'm interested in evidence-based information on managing my child's pain.

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

You can also learn more about managing children’s pain through our #ItDoesntHaveToHurt social media campaign.

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Featured Resources

Featured Story

Looking to get involved? Share your story with the world! Our best chance at managing and understanding children's pain is through you. Help others by submitting your story today.

by Shannon - Elijah

"I was a much better advocate for my child"


#ItDoesntHaveToHurt, Needle Pain

Age Group

Child (5-12 years)

Recently my 6 year old required a IV for a medical procedure. He has a lot of scar tissue from previous IV's and central lines so it can be very difficult to get an IV in. After taking part in...

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IWK Health Centre
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
Dalhousie University