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Assessing pain in a child, especially with an orthopedic injury, is often difficult. Age of the child, stage in recovery and family members perceptions of the child's pain can further complicate the process of pain assessment for healthcare professionals. This article provides an overview of varying assessment tools to determine pain in a postoperatively in a pediatric patient.

Outline: Introduction; Pain Assessment Tools Used in Children; Sensory Pain Assessment Tools; Comparison of Behavioral Versus Sensory Tools; Pain Assessment Is More Than a Number; Observation Is a Crucial Step to Assessment; Additional Factors That Affect Pain Assessment; Effects of Intraoperative Medications; Family and Nurse Perceptions of Pain; Patient Anxiety; Summary

Education Level: Intermediate

Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process

Format: Online

Criteria for Obtaining Continuing Education Credits: A score of 70% or greater on the posttest

Purpose of Activity

To provide an overview of developmentally appropriate pain assessment tools while also describing factors that can affect the perception of pain.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes

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

  1. Compare developmentally appropriate pain assessment tools for children.
  2. Identify factors that can affect the perception of pain.
Price: $6.95


  • AOTA 0.05 CEUs/1/2 Contact Hour

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins / Wolters Kluwer Health is an AOTA Approved provider of continuing education.

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Professions: Occupational Therapist
Test Code: ON0915AOT
Published: Sep 2015
Expires: 11/1/2020
Passing Score: 13/18 (72%)
Authors: Lisa Joestlein, MSN, RN, CPN