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Deirdre E. Logan, PhD
Children's Hospital Boston
Boston, USA

Associate Editor:
Abbie L. Jordan, PhD
University of Bath
Bath, UK

Copyright © 2024,
Special Interest Group on
Pain in Childhood,
International Association
for the Study of Pain ®,

ISSN 1715-3956

Information appearing in Pediatric Pain Letter is not reviewed by, and is not necessarily endorsed by, the Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood, nor by IASP ®.

Past issues

Vol. 26 No. 1 (February 2024): See Current issue
Ethical issues in the equitable virtual delivery of pediatric chronic pain care
Mica Gabrielle Marbil and Kathryn A. Birnie 1-5
Book Review
Empowering children through imagination to overcome pain
The dream machine

Jana Kaoussarani 6-8

Vol. 25 No. 3 (October 2023)
Book Review
Challenging the stigma of pediatric pain: A graphic novel for pain education
Pain: It’s all in your head. Just like everything else

Kelsey Jong, Elizaveta Bourchtein and Eric L. Scott 17-19

Vol. 25 No. 2 (June 2023)
Defining adolescence: A call for consistency in the chronic pain literature
Abigail Jones, Line Caes, Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert and Abbie Jordan 9-13
Book Review
Can education about pain be fun, interactive, and accessible?
Zoe and Zak’s pain hacks. Book series 1-5

Eloise Cowie, Mikaela Schlumpf, Daria Westerman and Caroline Zanussi 14-16

Vol. 25 No. 1 (February 2023)
Podcast Review
Embedding humanity and hope in the pediatric chronic pain journey
The Comfort Ability Program Peer Advisory Board's Chronic Pain as You’ve Never Heard It Before
Jennifer Ramasami 1-3
Conference Highlights
Pediatric pain content at upcoming annual conferences
Kelly Smith 4-8

Vol. 24 No. 3 (October 2022)
Book Review
Helping parents and pediatric providers understand and support children experiencing acute and chronic pain
When children feel pain: from everyday aches to chronic conditions
Mimi Stotsky 21-23
Book Review
A valuable resource for psychologists working in pediatric pain.
Chapters on pediatric pain management in: Clinical handbook of psychological consultation in pediatric medical settings

Jennifer Corser, Amy Parkinson and Holly Waring 24-26

Vol. 24 No. 2 (June 2022)
Tools to enhance education about pain and emotional distress for pediatric patients with chronic pain Kaitlyn L. Gamwell, Kendra Homan, and Sara E. Williams 12-16
Feasibility of implementing interdisciplinary pediatric pain services in Alaska
Wendy Gaultney and Ben Ekstrom 17-20

Vol. 24 No. 1 (February 2022)
Using virtual reality distraction during wound management: A brief case report in a patient with epidermolysis bullosa Lisa Nicole D’Alessandro, Irene Lara Corrales, Sara Klein, Dana Kondo, and Jennifer Stinson 1-7
Book Review
Navigating the winding road of chronic pain by putting coping and resilience in the driver’s seat
The smart brain pain syndrome: the primer for teens & young adults in pain
Robert C. Gibler   8-9
Book Review
A creative and effective way of explaining chronic pain experiences to children!
My bodyguard brain
Line Caes   10-11

Vol. 23 No. 3 (October 2021)
Dissociative symptoms in youth with chronic pain: Worthy of future investigation? Sarah Nelson, Maureen Burns, and Karen Kaczynski 45-49
Book Review
A helpful manual for novice and seasoned psychologists providing care to adolescents with a variety of physical illnesses, including chronic pain
Children’s Health and Illness Recovery Program (CHIRP): Clinician Guide & Teen and Family Workbook
Ana B. Goya Arce 50-52

Vol. 23 No. 2 (June 2021)
Preparing for return to in-person school instruction in pediatric chronic pain populations Lauren E. Oddo and Laura S. Gray 17-26
Petite douceur pour bébé: a descriptive quantitative study using YouTube to disseminate effective pain management strategies Domenique Labaky, Cynthia Joly, Jessica Reszel, Ashley Charbonneau, JoAnn Harrold, Catherine Larocque, and Denise Harrison 27-30
Teaching and applying activity pacing in pediatric chronic pain rehabilitation using practitioner feedback and pace breaks Heidi Kempert 31-42
Book Review
A practical approach to pediatric headache management
Getting ahead of pediatric headaches: a comprehensive guide for nurse practitioners to manage headaches in children and adolescents
Angelina Koehler 43-44

Vol. 23 No. 1 (February 2021)
Diagnostic delay in pediatric complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS): Current problem and potential solutions Giulia Mesaroli, Geraldine Cullen-Dean, Catherine Munns, and Stephen Brown 1-5
Social media use in adolescent chronic pain Emily Brown and Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert 6-12
Challenges of assigning a biopsychosocial pediatric pain diagnosis, in a biomedical world Vishal Varshney, Thomas Young, and Nivez Rasic 13-16

Vol. 22 No. 3 (October 2020)
“It all seems so unfair”: Pain-related injustice appraisals in youth with chronic pain and their caregivers Megan M. Miller, Mary K. Lynch, Adam T. Hirsh, and Amy E. Williams 28-32
Have To’s Before Want To’s: An accessible framework for breaking the cycle of avoidance and reestablishing routine in youth with chronic pain Allison M. Smith and Gabrielle Bryant 33-37
Challenges with recruitment in pediatric procedural pain research Jennifer Revell, Chantal Backman, Susan Vasily, and Denise Harrison 38-41

Vol. 22 No. 2 (June 2020)
Reflections and considerations for knowledge translation efforts on pain training for caregivers of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities Lara M. Genik and C. Meghan McMurtry 21-24
Book Review
Truly practical and of interest to your whole team
Practical treatment options for chronic pain in children and adolescents: an interdisciplinary therapy manual (2nd edition)
Dustin P. Wallace 25-27

Vol. 22 No. 1 (February 2020)
Note from the Editor Deirdre E. Logan 1
School re-entry following chronic pain and disability: A pathway to success Ethan Benore, Amy Fahrenkamp, Oleh Zhakunets, and Gerard A. Banez 2-15
Workshop Review & Reflections
Making Small Ripples In a Big Pond Reflections from attending “Intensive Interdisciplinary Multimodal Pediatric Pain Management- A Professional Workshop,”
Datteln, Germany
Rebecca Anne Mairs 16-18
Book Review
Young people can change themselves
The chronic pain and illness workbook for teens: CBT and mindfulness-based practices to turn the volume down on pain
Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert 19-20

Vol. 21 No. 3 (October 2019)
“Nothing about us without us”: The route to developing useful participatory activities for adolescents with chronic pain Line Caes and Jessica Fales 28-33
Pediatric pain, CBT, and the internet: Modern tools for pain management Rachel Zoffness 34-39
Clinical observations of adolescent chronic pain with coordination difficulties: Physical and psychosocial implications Heidi Kempert, Lauren Nelson, and Rachel Heines 40-48

Vol. 21 No. 2 (June 2019)
Moving towards cultural competence in the treatment of pediatric chronic pain Madison Perry, Jeffrey D. Shahidullah, and Mary K. Lynch 18-22
Acute neuropathic pain during antibody infusions as cancer therapy in children Jennifer L. Harman, Jennifer Allen, and Doralina L. Anghelescu 23-26
Erratum to:
The importance of pictures to communicate pain location in children
Phyllis J. Mesko and Jennifer L. Clark 27

Vol. 21 No. 1 (February 2019)
Becoming a pediatric pain specialist: Training opportunities to advance the science and practice of pediatric pain treatment Rashmi P. Bhandari, John Goddard, Fiona Campbell, Michael Sangster, and Bonnie Stevens 1-10
The importance of pictures to communicate pain location in children
An erratum to this commentary is available in Vol. 21 No. 2.
Phyllis J. Mesko and Jennifer L. Clark 11-14
Video Review
One step at a time: a straightforward guide down the rocky road of complex regional pain syndrome
The Diagnosis and Treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in Children
Teresa O'Neil 15-17

Vol. 20 No. 3 (October 2018)
Co-building a new landscape in pediatric chronic pain research: Patient partner and researcher perspectives on meaningful patient engagement Kathryn A. Birnie, Katherine Dib, and Carley Ouellette 21-27
Co-occurring chronic pain and obesity: A call to action Alison M. Stoner, Melissa Santos, and Keri R. Hainsworth 28-32
Changing parental responses to pediatric hematology/oncology pain with a single session, operant-based group intervention Jennifer M. Allen, Niki Jurbergs, Valerie McLaughlin Crabtree, Kathryn Russell, and Jennifer L. Harman 33-37

Vol. 20 No. 2 (June 2018)
Intensive rehabilitation can be tolerated by adolescents with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) Heidi Kempert 11-17
Book Review
Decoding psyche and soma: a clinician’s treasure trove for treating somatic symptoms in children and their families
Treating somatic symptoms in children and adolescents
Bryan Carter, Kristie Schultz, and Elaine Gilbert 18-20

Vol. 20 No. 1 (February 2018)
Creating and delivering pain education for clinicians in a developing country Shemila Abbasi 1-4
Measuring caregiver HRV in the acute pain context: Methodological considerations Kaytlin Constantin, Heidi N. Bailey, and C. Meghan McMurtry 5-10

Vol. 19 No. 3 (October 2017)
Pros and cons of social interaction during intensive pediatric pain treatment Sara E. Williams and Dustin P. Wallace 31-37
Book Review
One family’s story: learning to live with chronic pain
Bill Dagg and Paula Forgeron 38-39

Vol. 19 No. 2 (June 2017)
Translational research in pediatric pain: A new frontier Christine B. Sieberg 20-23
How understanding the function of behavior can improve physical therapy progress: The case for psychology Erin E. Brannon and Ethan R. Benore 24-28
Book Review
First step to normal: A top-notch roadmap to navigating childhood pain
Pain in children & young adults: the journey back to normal. Two pediatricians’ mind-body guide for parents
R. Blake Windsor 29-30

Vol. 19 No. 1 (February 2017)
Graded motor imagery in the rehabilitation of children with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): Evidence still needed Greg Heeger, Marianne McCormick, and Tiina Jaaniste 1-8
The power of pain self-efficacy: Applying a positive psychology framework to pediatric pain Rachel M. Tomlinson, Laura A. Cousins, C. Meghan McMurtry, and Lindsey L. Cohen 9-13
Book Review
Stories of children's pain: linking evidence to practice
Kathy Reid 14-17
Jo Eland: A remembrance Neil L. Schechter 18-19

Vol. 18 No. 3 (October 2016)
A look back at the past two decades in pediatric pain 18-21
Moving from knowledge to action in pediatric pain: a look at the past, present and future Perri R. Tutelman and Christine T. Chambers 22-25
A Children’s Comfort Promise: how can we do everything possible to prevent and treat pain in children using quality improvement strategies? Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf, Donna Eull, and Christian Weidner 26-30
Impact of an interdisciplinary and international research training initiative: the Pain in Child Health program Line Caes, Christine T. Chambers, Carl L. von Baeyer, and Bonnie Stevens 31-34

Vol. 18 No. 2 (June 2016)
Parent involvement in pediatric pain interventions Sarah Rook and Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert 9-13
Book Review
Redefining comfort
When your child hurts: effective strategies to increase comfort, reduce stress, and break the cycle of chronic pain
Maggie Stoeckel and Anna C. Wilson 14-17

Vol. 18 No. 1 (February 2016)
The power of optimism: Applying a positive psychology framework to pediatric pain Laura A. Cousins, Rachel M. Tomlinson, Lindsey L. Cohen, and C. Meghan McMurtry 1-5
Video Review
Empowering parents in using evidence-based strategies to reduce needle pain and anxiety in children
It Doesn't Have to Hurt
Monica Agoston 6-8

Vol. 17 No. 3 (October 2015)
Posttraumatic stress disorder in children with chronic pain Amy Sullivan, Evelyn Goodison-Farnsworth, and Tiina Jaaniste 35-39
Brief group therapy for chronic pain in adolescents Victoria W. Willard, Kendra Parris, Niki Jurbergs, Valerie McLaughlin Crabtree, and Jennifer Harman Ehrentraut 40-46
Book Review
Managing your child's chronic pain
Ethan Benore 47-49
Video Review
Embracing YouTube technology and getting the message out about chronic pain
Understanding pain and what’s to be done about it in less than 10 minutes
Bernie H. Whitaker 50-52

Vol. 17 No. 2 (June 2015)
Conversion Disorder and pediatric chronic pain — talking through the challenges Jenny R. Evans, Ethan Benore, and Gerard Banez 16-20
Integration of mobile health applications into pain intervention on an inpatient psychology Consultation Liaison service Christina M. Limke, Molly Peabody, and Kristin Kullgren 21-26
Why aren’t clinical guidelines used in practice? What we learned from our Twitter Chat Alison Twycross and Christine Chambers 27-34

Vol. 17 No. 1 (February 2015)
Revisiting the Pieces of Hurt pain assessment tool — do the pieces matter? Jenessa Thirion, Mary Ann O’Riordan, and Anne Stormorken 1-4
Use of facial expressions for pain assessment in infants during acute painful procedures Ashley Desrosiers, Denise Harrison, and Andrea Letham 5-8
Book Review
The language of pain
Oxford textbook of paediatric pain
Shalini Shah, Michelle A. Fortier, and Cheryl Deters 9-12
Book Review
A valuable resource for parents with children/adolescents with chronic pain
How to stop chronic pain in children: a practical guide
Karen E. Weiss and Emily A. McTate 13-15

Vol. 16 No. 3 (October 2014)
The importance of friendships in youth with chronic pain: The next critical wave of research Jessica L. Fales and Paula Forgeron 35-39
Learning to let go: My experience with Chronic Pain Stockholm Syndrome Ryan R. Gulak and Susan M. Bennett 40-42
Book Review
Calming the waters of procedural anxiety in children: A primer for parents
Everybody stay calm: how to support your young child through medical tests and procedures
F. Ralph Berberich 43-44

Vol. 16 No. 1-2 (June 2014)
Note from the Editor Deirdre E. Logan 1-3
Pain assessment in mechanically ventilated PICU patients: It’s complicated Tamara L. Dorfman, Gwen R. Rempel, Shannon D. Scott, and Lisa Hartling 4-7
Supporting children with chronic pain in their return to school Kailyn M. Jones, Sara King, and Jill E. MacLaren Chorney 8-14
Considerations of non-medical use of prescription opioids (NMUPO) in pediatric pain management Stephanie Jane Dowden 15-21
Pediatric pain psychology fellowship training: Current trends in the USA and future goals Rashmi Bhandari, Grace Kao, and Deirdre E. Logan 22-28
Book Review
A cross-disciplinary resource for treating chronic pain in children and adolescents
Practical treatment options for chronic pain in children and adolescents: an interdisciplinary therapy manual
Edin Randall and Monique Ribeiro 29-31
Book Review
Paying attention to pediatric pain
Managing pain in children: a clinical guide for nurses and healthcare professionals (2nd edition)
Linda B. Hurd and Elizabeth Ely 32-34

Vol. 15 No. 3 (December 2013)
The painful truth: A review of the clinical use of skin conductance monitoring for postoperative pain assessment Eugene K. Choo 29-33
Impact of pediatric chronic pain on siblings: Evidence and theory Tiina Jaaniste, Elisa Phipps, Tamara Lang, and G. David Champion 34-37
DVD Review
Exploring pain management through the lens of dance
Dancing with pain
Torie E. Carlson 38-40

Vol. 15 No. 2 (August 2013)
Product Review
Evaluation of the “ditto™” for pediatric procedural support
Brenda Gordley and Charmaine Kleiber 16-18
Children give different self-reports of pain intensity to different people: The influence of social display rules Judith Versloot, Carl L. von Baeyer, and Kenneth D. Craig 19-22
Pain in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Experience, expression, and assessment Amanda K. I. Knoll, C. Meghan McMurtry, and Christine T. Chambers 23-28

Vol. 15 No. 1 (April 2013)
Chronic pain is like… The clinical use of analogy and metaphor in the treatment of chronic pain in children Rachael Coakley and Neil Schechter 1-8
Missed opportunities: School as an undervalued site for effective pain management Jessica Boutilier and Sara King 9-15

Vol. 14 No. 3 (December 2012)
A supportive harmony: Music therapy for complex painful dressing changes Deborah Benkovitz, Tracy Pasek, and Sarah Miedel 34-38
Book Review
A very French textbook on pediatric pain
La douleur chez l'enfant (2ème
Marie-Claude Grégoire 39-43
Ideas for improving preoperative preparation of children for anesthesia: Winners of a competition in France Françoise Galland 44-46

Vol. 14 No. 2 (August 2012)
Book Review
How to be a pediatric pain psychologist
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for chronic pain in children and adolescents
Deirdre E. Logan and Shannon Odell 25-27
Book Review
Three books for children: when kissing a boo boo is not enough
GrrrOUCH! Pain is like a grouchy bear
Imagine a rainbow: a child's guide for soothing pain
Be the boss of your pain: self-care for kids
Linda Thomson 28-30
Book Review
The importance of listening in pediatric care
In pain we trust: a conversation between mother and son on the journey from sickness to health
Emily F. Law and Tonya M. Palermo 31-33

Vol. 14 No. 1 (April 2012)
The use of distraction, acceptance, and mindfulness-based techniques in the treatment of pediatric pain Sophia Grewal, Mark Petter, and Amanda B. Feinstein 1-9
Overcoming common barriers to engagement in psychological services for chronic pain: A one-day intensive pain management workshop for youth and parents Rachael Coakley and Brittany N. Barber 10-15
No Pain, All Gain: The creation of a non-pharmacological pain management group for children and their families Breanne Mathers and Nicholas Joachimides 16-20
Book Review
Merging science and practice in treating pediatric chronic pain
Handbook of pediatric chronic pain: current science and integrative practice
Bruce D. Dick 21-24

Vol. 13 No. 3 (December 2011)
Massage for pain relief in pediatric palliative care: Potential benefits and challenges Sarah G. Buttle, C. Meghan McMurtry, and Shannon Marshall 24-29
Book Review
A pocket guide for pediatric nurses
Compact clinical guide to infant and child pain management: an evidence-based approach for nurses
Kathy Reid 30-33

Vol. 13 No. 2 (August 2011)
Book Review
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) explained: for teenagers, by teenagers
Caitlin Conroy and Deirdre Logan 17-19
Website Review
The Coping Club: a new user-generated resource for children with pain and other medical conditions
Michelle M. Ernst 20-23

Vol. 13 No. 1 (April 2011)
Pain assessment and decision making: Have we missed the mark? Terri Voepel-Lewis 1-6
Shaping the future of research on chronic pain in children Anna Huguet, Patrick J. McGrath, Jennifer Stinson, Christine T. Chambers, and Jordi Miró 7-12
Water circulation and turbulence in the cold pressor task: Unexplored sources of variance among experimental pain laboratories Carl L. von Baeyer, David Torvi, Howard Hemingson, and David Beriault 13-16

Vol. 12 No. 3 (December 2010)
ChildKind: A global initiative to reduce pain in children Neil L. Schechter, G. Allen Finley, Nancy S. Bright, Martin Laycock, and Paula Forgeron 26-30
The use of art therapy to introduce acceptance in treatment for pediatric chronic pain Aimée N. Pugh and Jessica W. Guite 31-36

Vol. 12 No. 2 (August 2010)
A tricky business: Blunting the pain of childhood immunizations F. Ralph Berberich 14-17
Ethical challenges in pediatric pain research Melanie Noel and Kathryn A. Birnie 18-22
Book Review
A child in pain: What health professionals can do to help
Reviewed by Marie-Claude Grégoire 23-25

Vol. 12 No. 1 (April 2010)
Development of an intensive pain rehabilitation program for children and adolescents with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Deirdre E. Logan, Gloria Chiang, Marianne Condon, Emily Firn, Veronica Gaughan, Melinda Hogan, David S. Leslie, Katie Olson, Laura Simons, and Charles B. Berde 1-6
Do organizational quality improvement strategies improve pain management? Alison Twycross and Stephanie J. Dowden 7-10
Book Review
Managing pain in children: A clinical guide
Reviewed by Karen L. Hewson 11-13

Vol. 11 No. 3 (December 2009)
Status of pediatric nurses’ knowledge about pain Alison Twycross and Stephanie J. Dowden 17-21
Pain assessment in Sub-Saharan Africa Marie Anne Walters 22-26
Parental response to children’s abdominal pain: The role of worries about pain Miranda van Tilburg 27-30

Vol. 11 No. 2 (August 2009)
Age and efficacy of topical anesthetics Tanya Wrzosek, Mary Ellen Hogan, and Anna Taddio 8-11
Iyengar yoga for pediatric chronic pain Subhadra Evans, Jennie Tsao, and Lonnie Zeltzer 12-16

Vol. 11 No. 1 (April 2009)
Reducing opioid medication errors: Taming the dark side of the Force Richard E. McClead, Jr. 1-4
Book review
Managing persistent pain in adolescents: A handbook for therapists
Reviewed by Megan Turville 5-7

Vol. 10 No. 3 (December 2008)
Treatment-related expectations in pediatric chronic pain Anna C. Long and Jessica W. Guite 18-22

Vol. 10 No. 2 (August 2008)
Theories of fear acquisition: The development of needle phobia in children Siyao Du, Tiina Jaaniste, G. David Champion, and Carol S.L. Yap 13-17

Vol. 10 No. 1 (April 2008)
Pain following pediatric tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy: What do we know about home pain management? Shirley A. Wiggins 1-6
The paradox of physical activity and pain for children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis Susan Tupper 7-12

Vol. 9 No. 3 (December 2007)
Implementing a nurse-driven topical analgesic protocol: Two steps forward, one step back Tracy Ann Pasek, Dawn Thomas, Indira Khimji, Carol Schmitt, Ann Spence, and Rebecca Hanni 25-31
Knowledge translation in psychological interventions for pediatric pain: Bridging the gap between research and practice Nancy F. Bandstra 32-36

Vol. 9 No. 2 (August 2007)
Training health researchers: Challenges, systemic changes, and a model solution C. Meghan McMurtry, Thaila Corrêa Castral, and Ananda Fernandes 13-16
Values-based exposure and acceptance in the treatment of pediatric chronic pain: From symptom reduction to valued living Rikard K. Wicksell 17-24

Vol. 9 No. 1 (April 2007)
Screening young children for their ability to use self-report pain scales Leah J. Besenski, Sasha J. Forsyth and, Carl L. von Baeyer 1-7
Pain catastrophizing in adolescents: The impact of attachment style Isabelle Tremblay and Michael J.L. Sullivan 8-12

Vol. 8 No. 3 (December 2006)
Stress, coping, and psychiatric comorbidity in pediatric chronic daily headache Marieke Anne Blom 18-22
Clinical meaning of a decline in pain intensity in children and its implications in care and research M. Soledad Cepeda and Daniel B. Carr 23-27

Vol. 8 No. 2 (August 2006)
Sleep in children and adolescents with chronic pain Tonya Palermo and Irina Fonareva 11-15
What I learned at the VIIth International Symposium on Pediatric Pain (ISPP 2006) Contributions from readers 16-17

Vol. 8 No. 1 (April 2006)
Intervention for Recurrent Abdominal Pain Lutz Goldbeck 1-5
Virtual Reality distraction during pediatric medical procedures Belinda Lange, Marie Williams, and Ian Fulton 6-10

Vol. 7 No. 2-3 (December 2005)
The school functioning of children with chronic and recurrent pain Esther Chin Chi Chan, Tiina Piira and, Grant Betts 11-16
Safety issues in pediatric patient-controlled analgesia by proxy Gary Allegretta 17-19

Vol. 7 No. 1 (August 2005)
The socialization of pain: Peer influences in adolescence Jill Hatchette 1-4
The impact of pediatric chronic pain on the family Abbie Jordan 5-8
Book Review
Conquering your child’s chronic pain: A pediatrician’s guide for reclaiming a normal childhood
Reviewed by Faizah Visram 9-10

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