It Doesn't Have to Hurt

Paper: The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health Commission on Paediatric Pain

Every infant, child, and adolescent will experience pain at times throughout their life. Paediatric pain ranges from acute to chronic, and includes procedural, disease-related, breakthrough, and other types of pain. Despite its ubiquity, pain is often silenced and appropriate relief too infrequently given. Undertreated, unrecognised, or poorly managed pain in young people can have long-lasting negative consequences in later life, including continued chronic pain, disability, and distress.

It is time for change.

This Lancet Child & Adolescent Health Commission presents four transformative goals—to make pain matter, understood, visible, and better. It sets out priorities for clinicians, researchers, funders, and policy makers, and calls for cross-sector collaboration to deliver the action needed to improve the lives of children and adolescents with pain.

Read the Commission (free to read with free registration):


IWK Health Centre
Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
Dalhousie University