Attitudes to children's pain: exploding the 'pain myth'

J. Collier, Helen M. Pattison

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Previous research has identified healthcare professionals' belief in myths about children's experience of pain as a cause of inadequate pain treatment. In this study, 47 doctors and 36 nurses involved in paediatric care completed a detailed questionnaire on 'pain myths'. The findings indicate a more informed awareness among healthcare professionals regarding childhood pain than previously suggested and that unconditional belief in 'pain myths' is not widespread.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalPaediatric Nursing
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1997


  • children
  • pain
  • pain treatment
  • childhood pain


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