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2020 10 12

BMC Pediatr



Study protocol: parents as pain management in Swedish neonatal care – SWEpap, a multi-center randomized controlled trial.


Olsson E, Carlsen Misic M, Andersen R D, Ericson J, Eriksson M, Thernström Blomqvist Y, Ullsten A
BMC Pediatr. 2020 10 12; 20(1):474.
PMID: 33046026.


During the first period of life, critically ill as well as healthy newborn infants experience recurrent painful procedures. Parents are a valuable but often overlooked resource in procedural pain management in newborns. Interventions to improve parents' knowledge and involvement in infants' pain management are essential to implement in the care of the newborn infant. Neonatal pain research has studied a range of non-pharmacological pain alleviating strategies during painful procedures, yet, regarding combined multisensorial parent-driven non-pharmacological pain management, research is still lacking.