Better Tools Needed For Assessing Infant Pain

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 21:28 in Health & Medicine

Currently used pain assessment tools may be underestimating the pain response in infants according to a study published in the open access journal PLoS Medicine this week. Dr. Slater and colleagues (University College London, UK) studied the association between cortical pain responses in young infants and currently used pain assessment tools which are based on behavioral and physiological measures, such as change in facial expression.

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