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Children, Volume 6, Issue 12 (December 2019) – 8 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Why is it that although pain is recognized to be a multidimensional experience, pediatric acute [...] Read more. Why is it that although pain is recognized to be a multidimensional experience, pediatric acute pain assessment methods are commonly unidimensional in focus? The current review paper overviews the theoretical and empirical literature supporting the multidimensional nature of pediatric acute pain. It is argued that a comprehensive and concise assessment of acute pediatric pain is critical in helping health professionals understand a patient's pain experience, identify changes in the patient's condition, informing clinical responses, and establishing the efficacy of a clinical response. The current paper describes key reasons contributing to the widespread use of unidimensional, rather than multidimensional, acute pediatric pain assessment protocols. Implications for clinical practice, education and future research are considered. View this paper.