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How well do clinical pain assessment tools reflect pain in infants?

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BACKGROUND: Pain in infancy is poorly understood, and medical staff often have difficulty assessing whether an infant is in pain. Current pain assessment tools rely on behavioural and physiological measures, such as change in facial expression, which may not accurately reflect pain experience. Our ability to measure cortical pain responses in young infants gives us the first opportunity to evaluate pain assessment tools with respect to the sensory input and establish whether the resultant pai...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1371/journal.pmed.0050129

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Clinical Neuroscience
Cantarella, A More by this author
Fitzgerald, M More by this author
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Wellcome Trust More from this funder
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Public Library of Science Publisher's website
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PLoS Medicine Journal website
Volume:
5
Issue:
6
Pages:
Article: e129
Publication date:
2008-06-05
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EISSN:
1549-1676
ISSN:
1549-1277
URN:
uuid:0600abd3-ccb5-4979-97b2-c153761af07e
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309082
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pubs:309082

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