Making it Happen: How Clinicians Are Improving Pain Practices on the Frontline


Advances in pediatric pain research, guidelines, and clinical decision-making models are readily available, but they are not effectively translated into clinical practice and large numbers of hospitalized children continue to experience moderate or severe pain on a regular basis.

The CIHR Team in Children’s Pain brought together 32 hospital units at 8 pediatric hospitals across Canada to narrow the gap between research and practice, by implementing a tailored KT intervention, called Evidence-based Practice for Improving Quality (EPIQ). The goal of the intervention was to improve pain practices and decrease pain in hospitalized children. In the 16 units in which EPIQ was implemented, different KT strategies were applied to improve pain assessment and management practices. In these units, pain practices significantly improved in comparison to the 16 units that continued with standard care.

Join us to learn about bringing pain knowledge to the bedside and explore such questions as: 

  1. How do you choose the right KT strategies for your clinical setting? 
  2. How can KT strategies be tailored to your unit’s needs?
  3. What are the benefits and the challenges of using KT strategies to change pain practices?
  4. How do you evaluate the impact of KT on pain practices and outcomes? 

This is the 5th webinar in the CIHR Team in Children’s Pain (PI: Dr. Bonnie Stevens) and CAPHC’s successful Pediatric Pain Series. In this webinar, KT and pain experts and Nurses share their perspectives and experiences of the use of multidimensional knowledge translation (KT) strategies to improve pediatric pain practices and provide examples of strategies used during the EPIQ intervention. Join Dr. Kimberley Widger, Dr. Melanie Barwick, Kathy O’Leary and others, as we explore the practical aspects of applying KT strategies in pediatric care settings, using the casebook method to share lessons learned on what worked, what didn’t, and the overall impact of knowledge translation on acute pain in hospitalized children. 


  • Kimberley Widger, RN, PhD, CHPCN(C)  (SickKids)
  • Kathy O'Leary, BA, BScN, MN (Stollery Children's Hospital)
  • Melanie Barwick, PhD, CPsych (SickKids)
  • Deepshikha G. Wilson, BSc, MN, RN (BC Children's Hospital)

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Making it Happen: How Clinicians Are Improving Pain Practices on the Frontline