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An audit of paediatric pain prevalence, intensity, and treatment at a South African tertiary hospital

Complex pain in children and young people

Pain in paediatric inpatients is common, under-recognised, and undertreated in resource-rich countries Little is known about the status of paediatric pain prevention and treatment in low- and middle-income countries.

Objectives: This audit aimed to describe the prevalence and severity of pain in paediatric patients at a tertiary hospital in South Africa. Method: A single-day prospective observational cross-sectional survey and medical chart review of paediatric inpatients at Grey’s Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

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