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November 2003

Pain Treatment: Opportunities and Challenges

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Copyright 2003 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2003

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003;157(11):1054-1056. doi:10.1001/archpedi.157.11.1054

Treatment of acute pain is important and should be a priority for all clinicians. The past decade has witnessed a revolution in drug options and combinations, especially in the area of conscious sedation. We believe all pediatric settings require knowledge and skill in pain treatment. We focus on challenges and opportunities associated with 2 extreme levels of pain severity, which reflect our work: (1) extreme pain resulting from injuries, burns, and stressful medical procedures, and (2) mild to moderate pain associated with common medical procedures that nonetheless cause considerable distress.