Canada is a world leader in children’s pain research, but did you know it can take up to 17 years for research findings to be put into practice? That’s a whole generation of children who miss out on the benefits of information we already know. What we know now is that two out of three children in hospital undergo painful procedures without any pain management at all, seventy-five percent of parents say they don’t know how to manage their children’s pain, veterinarians get 5 times more training in pain than people doctors, and only a few Canadian health institutions have made a certified commitment to better pain management. This matters because pain that isn’t treated well harms children’s brains and bodies, is a struggle and can be traumatic for families and health professionals, and costs the healthcare system time and money. Scientists have found many ways to manage pain, but most people don’t know about these treatments. That’s why at Solutions for Kids in Pain – or SKIP – we are working to improve children’s pain management across Canada. We are a national knowledge mobilization network that is bringing together researchers, patients and caregivers, health professionals, 48 different health institutions including all the children’s hospitals in Canada, and over 100 partners from around the world. Our goal is to get knowledge about children’s pain into the hands of people who need it, faster. If you’re a scientist-or-researcher, patient, caregiver, health professional, policy-maker, or part of an organization or company with unique expertise or technology, you can help. In fact, anyone can! We all have the opportunity to be a champion for kids in pain. Visit kidsinpain.ca to find out how you can get involved.

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