SAMJ: South African Medical Journal
On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574
MEIRING, M A. Managing pain in children at the end of life: What the GP should know. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2014, vol.104, n.7, pp.01-03. ISSN 2078-5135.
Managing disease- and procedure-related pain in children is paramount. Chronically ill children, especially those requiring repeated procedures or admissions, may experience a significant burden of pain. If poorly managed, it has a negative impact on quality of life and parent-child relationships. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the principles of palliative care are applicable to all children with chronic illnesses from the time of diagnosis. A key component of palliative care is good pain management.