Pain Program and Palliative Care
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has one of the largest pediatric pain and palliative care programs in North America, providing care for children at home, in the hospital and in clinics.
Relieving the pain and suffering of a child is crucial for the patient and the entire family. Our pain and palliative team is devoted to improving the quality of life for children who come to us. Our program utilizes a combination of state-of-the-art pharmacology, physical therapy, and integrative therapies such as massage, hypnosis, and acupuncture.
Pain and Palliative Care
Hospital-Based Pain and Palliative Care Team
Our inpatient rounding team provides care to children with acute pain, chronic pain and palliative care needs
Pain and Palliative Care Clinic
The Intradisciplinary Pain Clinic at Children's of Minnesota manages chronic and recurrent pain in close collaboration with pediatric specialties.
Home-Based Karuna Palliative Care
Program staff work with a child’s physicians to provide pain and symptom management to children with potentially life limiting conditions and their families.
Home-Based Hospice Care
Our hospice program is the only licensed hospice in the state of Minnesota that focuses solely on children.
Deeya - Perinatal Hospice Program
Provide educational, emotional, and spiritual support to families who know their unborn child has a life-limiting condition.
Education and Outreach
Children’s Institute for Pain and Palliative Care
Our Institute provides training, continuing education, resources, consultation, and technical assistance to health care providers.
- 6th Annual Pediatric Pain Master Class, June 1-7, 2013:
International Scholarship Application Guidelines
- Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) - Pediatric Palliative Care Leadership Center (PCLC) Training - Dec 5-7, 2012 / Mar 6-8, 2013 / Jul 10-12, 2013 / Dec 4-6, 2013
A Better Life
After being born with a host of previously undetected birth defects, Zoë Bee was expected to live about a year. Zoë Bee's mom, Sally Spector, talks about her experience with Children's Pain and Palliative Care Program, through which her daughter was able to live at home and flourish during her short but remarkable five-and-a-half years of life.
Listen to our Medical Director, Stefan Friedrichsdorf, MD, and parents Kim and Rob Lovrich speak out on Minneapolis Public Radio about pain management for terminally ill children. More is also available at minnesota.publicradio.org/