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Stories of Children's Pain

Stories of Children's Pain
Linking Evidence to Practice

May 2014 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Working with a child in pain is difficult, unavoidable and especially challenging when the child cannot explain what they are feeling. In this important book, Bernie Carter and Joan Simons bring together experience, evidence and research to deconstruct the topic and present the reality of children's pain.

Each chapter starts with a personal story from a child, a family member or a healthcare professional. The stories are drawn from a wealth of original research, and focus the reader on the individual child and their family. The chapter then goes on to introduce the relevant research, theory and implications for practice, so health professionals can use the evidence to support compassionate, child-centred care.

Among the topics addressed are:

- Ethical dilemmas

- Assessing pain

- Working in different settings

- Inexplicable pain

It is valuable reading for any healthcare student or professional working with children of all ages.

Managing Neonatal Pain
Advice on Discharge
Managing Procedural Pain
Pain in Sickle Cell Disease
Parents Managing their Children's Pain
Existential Pain and the Importance of Place and Presence
Managing Pain in PICU
Assessing and Managing Pain in a Child Who is Cognitively Impaired
Fear, Pain and Illness
Acute Pain Developing into Chronic Pain
Language, Metaphor, Imagery and the Expression of Pain
Minor Injury, Acute Pain, Wounds and What Really Hurts
Nonpharmacological Methods of Pain Relief
Neuropathic Pain
Organisational Imperatives and Individual Responsibility to Avoid Poor Pain Management

‘This excellent, evidence-based book will help practitioners personalise children’s pain in age-appropriate and family-centred ways. Every nurse that has contact with neonates and children should read it and take note.’ 

Professor Jane Noyes, Chair in Health Services Research and Child Health, Bangor University and Visiting Professor of Child Health, University College Dublin

Carter and Simons frame their thorough discussions of the evidence-based literature on pain within extended first-person stories of the children themselves, their families, and the nurses struggling to provide good care. Real people with fears, frustrations, and losses are never subsumed into that abstract entity called "patients". Carter and Simons make a clear case for how much pain matters in treating illness, and why personal caring makes all the difference in treating pain.

Arthur W. Frank, Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary, author of The Wounded Storyteller and Letting Stories Breathe

An inspiring and comprehensive book!

Dr Gianina-Ioana Postavaru
Psychology, Bishop Grosseteste University
October 4, 2016

Utilised as recommended reading - but not as a required text as too specialised for undergraduate nursing course. Very useful for post graduate study and have requested library copies

Miss Kirsten Gunn
Nursing, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
February 24, 2016

An excellent book that links the theory and research of pain to real situations with children and families. The range of scenarios and types of pain covered and the holistic nature of care discussed makes this an excellent resource for students and practitioners in various healthcare roles and settings.

Maggie Doman
Nursing , Plymouth University
January 20, 2016

This book is a fantastic resources for student nurses. The use of case studies throughout the book give students a real focus. I will definitely recommend this book to adults on the child branch programme but also to colleagues working as registered nurses within complex needs.

Miss Nicola Fielding
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth
December 10, 2015

The accessibility of this book makes it ideal for students new to the principles that guide the care of a sick child. Moreover, it provides insider perspectives that I know students will find inspiring, and heart wrenching and that will thereby enhance their practice as future carers of children with medical needs in mainstream settings.

Pamela Dewis
Early Childhood, Sheffield Hallam Univ.
April 17, 2015

Will add this to the reading list for students from the child branch but also for adult branch students to raise awareness and sensitivity

Mrs Beryl Cooledge
School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University
March 23, 2015

This is a valuable book for children's nurses and has been needed for a long time. At last we are taking more notice of the children in our care instead of relying on their families to tell us how their child feeels.

Mrs Izzy Bowles
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Cumbria
October 14, 2014

A lovely book which I shall add into both the health psychology module re pain and it's management and additonally the clinical modules. Thank you

Miss Taryn Gordon
School of Health Professions, Brighton University
August 20, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: Managing Neonatal Pain

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