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Children 2017, 4(6), 50;

A Mind–Body Approach to Pediatric Pain Management

Department of Pediatrics, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA [email protected] (E.R.)
Department of Pain, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA
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Academic Editor: Hilary McClafferty
Received: 1 March 2017 / Revised: 11 May 2017 / Accepted: 13 June 2017 / Published: 20 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mind-Body Medicine in Children and Adolescents)
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Pain is a significant public health problem that affects all populations and has significant financial, physical and psychological impact. Opioid medications, once the mainstay of pain therapy across the spectrum, can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) guidelines recommend that non-opioid pain medications are preferred for chronic pain outside of certain indications (cancer, palliative and end of life care). Mindfulness, hypnosis, acupuncture and yoga are four examples of mind–body techniques that are often used in the adult population for pain and symptom management. In addition to providing significant pain relief, several studies have reported reduced use of opioid medications when mind–body therapies are implemented. Mind–body medicine is another approach that can be used in children with both acute and chronic pain to improve pain management and quality of life. View Full-Text
Keywords: mind–body medicine; pain management; pediatrics; acupuncture; yoga; meditation; hypnosis mind–body medicine; pain management; pediatrics; acupuncture; yoga; meditation; hypnosis
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