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Children’s Minnesota pain program highlighted in Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine

Children’s Minnesota pain, palliative and integrative medicine program was highlighted in Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine.

Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine Program

At Children's we are committed to making your child's experience the best it can be. That includes partnering with patients and parents around what we can do to prevent and treat pain at every stage of care through our Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine Program – one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the country.

The End: When a baby dies

Read a story from Children's Minnesota's Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf about how palliative care allowed an infant to be with his family during his short life.

Related image for article, New York Times essay by Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf: A Chance to Live for a Dying Child

New York Times essay by Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf: A Chance to Live for a Dying Child

Dr. Friedrichsdorf’s essay tells the story of Ethan Butler and his family.

9th Annual Pediatric Pain Master Class

January 1, 1970, 12 a.m. – 12 a.m., Minneapolis

The Pediatric Pain Master Class offers state of the art education in pain management for the pediatric patient from a holistic and interdisciplinary perspective. The course features a faculty of internationally recognized experts who will cover pharmacological, medical, psychosocial and integrative therapies for the management of children's acute, procedural and complex/chronic pain. Pain assessment and management of somatic, visceral, neuropathic, psychosocial and spiritual pain, as well as end-of-life management of pain and distressing symptoms, will be explored in depth using lectures, interactive presentations, experiential activities, and small-group learning.


We know you may want to dig for more information, so we gathered these easy-to-digest materials and resources from pediatric organizations in Minnesota and beyond.

What to expect

When it comes to receiving palliative or hospice care from Children’s Minnesota, location is no barrier. Nearly every visit with a Children’s palliative or hospice team member begins with a physician referral if your child’s doctor thinks he or she could benefit from palliative care services.

Meet the Team

When it comes to kids’ care, including palliative and hospice care, we believe they have the right to the best level of pain relief and symptom management that can be safely provided.

Outcomes and Research

Choosing where to bring your child for care is a major decision. You need all the information you can get. And you want it in a clear, straightforward form that helps you make the right choice for your family.

Conditions and Services

Children’s Minnesota’s palliative and hospice care team is made up of specialists from many different backgrounds with a wide range of expertise. There’s no child too big or too small to receive our care. We treat everyone from preemies, newborns and toddlers to adolescents and young adults.