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Assessing pain in non-verbal, medically complex children is often difficult due to cognitive impairments, language delay and inability to identify pain location. This article reports on a study that looked at signs and symptoms of pain in non-verbal, medically complex children, the most appropriate assessments to utilize with this population, study results and healthcare practice implications. Education Level: Intermediate Content Focus: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery Criteria for Obtaining Continuing Education Credits: To earn credit, you must read the article and complete the quiz and evaluation, earning a score of 70% or greater on the posttest.

Purpose of Activity

To present the details of a study done to describe the signs and symptoms that parents of nonverbal children with medical complexity found worrisome, to describe sources of pain in these children, and to identify nursing pain assessment practices for this population.

Learning Objectives

After completing this continuing education activity you will be able to:

  1. Recognize pain assessment practices in this population.
  2. Discuss the findings of this study and any implications for practice.
Price: $6.95


  • AOTA 0.05 CEUs/1/2 Contact Hour

Lippincott Professional Development / Wolters Kluwer Health is an approved provider of continuing education by The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. Provider Number 5448.

Professions: Occupational Therapist
Test Code: AJN0818A-OT
Published: Aug 2018
Expires: 7/1/2025
Required Passing Score: 13/18 (72%)
Authors: Brenna L. Quinn, PhD, RN, NCSN, CNE; Jean C. Solodiuk, PhD, RN; Dominick Morrill, MPH; Sangeeta Mauskar, MD, MPH