Complementary and alternative medicine for acute procedural pain in children

Evans, Subhadra, Tsao, Jennie C. I. and Zeltzer, Lonnie K. 2008, Complementary and alternative medicine for acute procedural pain in children, Alternative therapies in health and medicine, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 52-56.

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Title Complementary and alternative medicine for acute procedural pain in children
Author(s) Evans, SubhadraORCID iD for Evans, Subhadra
Tsao, Jennie C. I.
Zeltzer, Lonnie K.
Journal name Alternative therapies in health and medicine
Volume number 14
Issue number 5
Start page 52
End page 56
Total pages 5
Publisher InnoVision Health Media
Place of publication Eagan, Minn.
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 1078-6791
Keyword(s) Adolescent
Child, Preschool
Complementary Therapies
Music Therapy
Pain Management
Summary Pain may cause physical and emotional distress in children experiencing medical procedures. Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies have become increasingly important in treating children's painful conditions, yet it is still unclear whether CAM has a place in acute pediatric pain analgesia. This review aims to present an overview of the available published evidence. Most research has examined the efficacy of hypnosis, which has emerged as useful in alleviating acute pain associated with a number of medical procedures. Music therapy also has gained some attention and for the most part shows promise in the pediatric acute pain setting. Acupuncture, laughter therapy, and massage also may prove beneficial. Despite the promise of many of these modalities, we conclude that further empirical research into safety and efficacy using well-designed studies and large samples is required before guidelines can be established. In addition, further work is needed in standardizing interventions, creating treatment manuals, and determining treatment efficacy as a function of the child's development, his or her individual characteristics, and the type of procedure the child is undergoing.
Language eng
Field of Research 110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified
1104 Complementary And Alternative Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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