Clinical update

Chronic pain management in children and young people

New guidelines on chronic pain in children focus on physical, psychological and pharmacological interventions
Picture shows a woman comforting a young girl while a nurse holds her arm

New guidelines on chronic pain in children focus on physical, psychological and pharmacological interventions

Essential information

Chronic pain – defined as persisting or recurring for longer than three months – is a significant global public health problem for children, with a negative impact on their emotional, physical and social development and function, says the World Health Organization (WHO).

There is also a significant effect on the lives of their families and caregivers.

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