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2022 Aug 02

S Afr Med J



A paediatric pain assessment and management survey at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Mabaso LMN, Bhettay A, Bandini R, Demopoulos D
S Afr Med J. 2022 Aug 02; 112(8):539-541.
PMID: 36214395.


Painful experiences are common in the paediatric inpatient population. Immaturity and cognitive impairment may preclude clear description of such experiences, and requests for analgesia when needed. Methods of pain assessment and guidelines for treatment in the paediatric population are well established, but are not widely used. Limited data suggest that the situation is similar in South Africa (SA).