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Kids’ pain underrecognized, undertreated

The New York Times published a story on its health blog [READ] about how children’s pain often has been mismanaged, particularly in the U.S.

Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf pain program
Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf

Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf, medical director of the Kiran Stordalen and Horst Rechelbacher Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine Clinic at Children’s Minnesota, was interviewed for the story that describes the journey of one of his patients, Taylor Aschenbrenner, of Hudson, Wis.

“Unfortunately, in 2016 pain management in the United States and all Western countries is still abysmal,” Dr. Friedrichsdorf told the New York Times. “Data shows that adults with the same underlying condition will get two to three times as many pain medication doses as children. We also know that the younger a child is, the less likely it is that he or she will get proper pain management in the hospital.”

Children’s Minnesota’s interdisciplinary pain program is one of the largest of its kind in the U.S., combining drug and integrative (non-drug therapies), to ease pain in babies, children and teens.

THE KIRAN STORDALEN AND HORST RECHELBACHER PEDIATRIC PAIN, PALLIATIVE AND INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE CLINIC