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This is a Guest Post from Denise Harrison (RN, PhD), the Chair in Nursing Care of Children, Youth and Families at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute & University of Ottawa. Denise is also a co-investigator with the CIHR Team in Children's Pain. For more information about Denise's work in children's pain, click here. For more information about children's pain check out the CIHR Team in Children's Pain website or go to the CAPHC Knowledge Exchange Network section on Children's Pain to view past webinars and other information.
We at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Canada need your help to do something very simple – help make immunizations less painful for babies. And we are also hoping to enlist your help in something more complex – studying using social media for knowledge translation tools for health education.
This is a Guest Post from Christine Chambers (PhD, RPsych) who is a Canada Research Chair in Pain and Child Health and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre. Christine is also a psychologist who has worked to support children in pain and their families. She studies the role of developmental and psychological factors in children’s pain. She is part of the Help Eliminate Pain in Kids (HELPinKIDS) team, an interdisciplinary group of clinicians, scientists, policy makers and educators. Their goal is to improve the use of pain-relieving interventions during routine childhood vaccination. For more information about Christine's work in children's pain go to: http://pediatric-pain.ca/
Almost all children are afraid of getting shots and needles. And most parents dread having to take their children to the doctor or hospital for these painful procedures. There are many things parents can do to help their children have less pain during needles (e.g., use of topical anaesthetic creams, distraction, and deep breathing). But most parents don’t know what these things are or how to use them to reduce pain. Fewer than 5% of children receive any kind of pain relieving intervention for immunizations and one in 10 children and adults has a significant fear of needles.
n 2011 at the CAPHC Annual Conference in Ottawa, you may recall a number of announcements related to a national network of child and youth health centres that were interested in addressing housing for children and youth as a determinant of health.
Much of this work was initiated by our colleagues at CHEO and the Child and Youth Health Network of Eastern Ontario, as a result of their work on the Ottawa Child/Youth Housing Advocacy Initiative (OCHAI).
Over the past 2 years a group that represents key paediatric health sciences centres and other groups involved with children and housing has evolved into a national network. The network's main activity is to raise awareness of the role housing plays in the healthy development of children and youth in Canada.
The Canadian Child and Youth Health and Housing Network have recently launched a new website at: http://www.housingandchildhealth.ca/ and I encourage all of you to check it out.
One of the key objectives of this network...