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Improving paediatric pain management: introducing the ‘Pain Passport’
  1. Beth A Newstead1,
  2. Sarah Armitage2,
  3. Andrew Appelboam2
  1. 1Emergency Department, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
  2. 2Emergency Department, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Exeter, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew Appelboam, Emergency Department, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW UK; andy.appelboam{at}


The ‘Pain Passport’ is a novel method of improving the management of pain in children. It consists of a leaflet carried by the patient which records serial pain scores. It attempts to empower patients and prompt medical and nursing staff to evaluate the child's pain. Preliminary audit data in support of this concept are encouraging.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.