Chronic pain in children: time for change

On the 20th June 2019, we published an overview review in the PAIN Journal on the efficacy of pharmacological interventions for children with chronic pain and cancer-related pain (https://bit.ly/313YmCj). The overview summarises the evidence from 23 systematic reviews, including several PaPaS reviews from our NIHR Programme Grant (https://papas.cochrane.org/nihr-programme-grant-2014-17). This work also builds on a policy workshop we held in 2018 focussing on this topic (https://bit.ly/2RGOGcK).

The overview highlights the lack of available evidence across all drugs aimed at relieving pain in children (just 6 trials of 393 participants). Therefore, we have launched a large dissemination plan to share these findings. We are publishing articles, blogs, newsletters, videos, and co-ordinating a social media campaign to help us start a conversation about the importance of evidence production in children’s pain.

We thank everyone who has contributed to this important piece of work. Please do feel free to use these links and distribute them widely to help us improve the science, policy and practice of paediatric pain management.

 

Resources

Open access overview in PAIN: https://bit.ly/313YmCj and commentary via Ovid

Cochrane Special Collection: https://bit.ly/2IM11ta

Cochrane editorial: https://bit.ly/2YgN5N0

Blogs on this evidence base (or its absence)

·         Body in Mind blog https://bit.ly/2Flwtwe

·         The Conversation https://bit.ly/2YeBfmI (also shared on Yahoo News here; and IOL here; and MENAFN here)

·         Evidently Cochrane https://bit.ly/2IPzerQ

·         Press release from University of Bath https://bit.ly/2LjwLYp

 Supporting videos

·         Dr Emma Fisher’s summary on YouTube https://bit.ly/2RDldjA

·         University of Bath video summary https://twitter.com/UniofBath/status/1143800625764999169

·         PAIN Journal Editor’s Pick video https://bit.ly/2X7HEUh

Summary of the PaPaS impact story: https://bit.ly/2ITbzXz

Key people to follow on Twitter (hashtag #timeforchange)

·         @Chris_Eccleston

·         @EmmaFisher1

·         @CochranePaPaS

·         @cochranecollab

·         @CochraneUK

·         @CochraneLibrary

·         @UniofBath


Other external links

  • Somerset Live: Bath Hospital Trust supports study into drug treatment of chronic pain in children (here)
  • Medical Xpress: Researchers reveal lack of evidence for drugs prescribed to treat chronic pain in children (here)
  • News Medical (Life Sciences): Are Chronic Pain Relief Drugs for Children Effective? (here; also on Medicine News Line here; linked to via BioPortfolio here; and on herenciageneticayenfermedad here); and Study reveals lack of evidence for pediatric drugs prescribed to treat chronic pain (here)
  • American News Report: Lack of evidence for drugs prescribed to treat chronic pain in children (here)
  • EurekAlert: Researchers reveal lack of evidence for drugs prescribed to treat chronic pain in children (here)
  • 7th Space: Researchers reveal lack of evidence for drugs prescribed to treat chronic pain in children (here)
  • Newswise: Researchers reveal lack of evidence for drugs prescribed to treat chronic pain in children (here)
  • Physical Therapy Products: Chronic Pain in Kids Needs to Be Studied More, Researchers Urge (here)
  • The Independent: Children’s pain is under-researched (here - scroll down to end of page)
  • Technology.org: Researchers reveal lack of evidence for drugs prescribed to treat chronic pain in children (here)
  • BBC 1 West - BBC London News (here; here; here)
  • BBC Bristol (here)
  • Health Canal: Researchers reveal lack of evidence for drugs prescribed to treat chronic pain in children (here)
  • Europa Press: in Spanish (here and here)
  • The Courier & Advertiser Fife edition: Pain relief for children called into question (here - Press Reader account required)
  • Health Medicine Network: Researchers reveal lack of evidence for drugs prescribed to treat chronic pain in children (here)
  • ScienMag: Researchers Reveal Lack Of Evidence For Drugs Prescribed To Treat Chronic Pain In Children (here)
  • Science Codex: Researchers reveal lack of evidence for drugs prescribed to treat chronic pain in children (here)
  • Bioengineer.org: Researchers Reveal Lack Of Evidence For Drugs Prescribed To Treat Chronic Pain In Children (here)
  • Bright Surf: Researchers reveal lack of evidence for drugs prescribed to treat chronic pain in children (here)