Many factors contribute to children's pain being under estimated, under-recognized and inadequately treated. Kathryn Birnie, PhD shares her work identifying the top priorities essential for improvement in pediatric pain management. Join me in this episode as she shares her patient-oriented research
Publish Date: Jun 08, 2021
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Many factors contribute to children's pain being under estimated, under-recognized and inadequately treated. Kathryn Birnie, PhD shares her work identifying the top priorities essential for improvement in pediatric pain management. Join me in this episode as she shares her patient-oriented research which includes them in priority setting and recognizing the areas where we need to focus on. Her work is grounded in empowering the disempowered; the pediatric pain patients and their caregivers, working alongside and in concert with the clinicians, making the small and big shifts in doing so especially when there is a power differential. Dr Birnie discusses the top 10 priorities identified in pediatric pain management, how they went about doing so, especially having to distill them down to 10 from >500 identified at the start. She shares which one or ones of them should be prioritized to the top of the line, how that is relevant to each one of us caring for children, and what surprising elements, perspectives or shifts they encountered in the course of this work. We also explore her role as the Assistant Scientific Director of Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP), a knowledge mobilization initiative and how healthcare professionals and patients and families can participate in and benefit from SKIP. Dr. Birnie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the University of Calgary and a clinical psychologist at Alberta Children’s Hospital. Tune in to learn more about how she is contributing to shaping pain research, education and clinical care for kids with pain and how that influences us as healthcare professionals in our day to day work! Takeaways In This Episode How Dr. Birnie got involved in pediatric pain management and what fueled the work she’s doing right now Dr. Birnie shares behind the scenes of her research, Partnering for Pain, and its design involving patients and families alongside the clinicians and other stakeholders in improving pain care of children. The top 10 priorities in pediatric pain that Dr. Birnie and partners found What priorities we should be focusing on The gaps that various stakeholders need to be aware of in managing children's pain Work that SKIP is doing to advance pediatric pain care How institutions or healthcare professionals can be the beneficiaries of SKIP and how they may contribute to this important work Dr. Birnie's words of advice to healthcare professionals taking care of children with pain Links Kathryn Birnie, PhD Connect with Dr. Birnie - Linkedin Twitter @katebirnie Partnering for Pain Partnering for Pain Video Keeping Up with Today - Dr Christine Chamber's Podcast There's an App for that - Dr Jennifer Stinson's Podcast episode Making Pediatric Pain Matter - Dr Christopher Eccleston's podcast Episode Role of Epigenetics in Post-surgical Pain - Dr. Vidya Chidambaran's podcast episode Manage Memory, Manage Pain - Dr Melanie Noel's podcast episode Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) Clinicians Pain Evaluation Toolkit Proactive Pain Solutions About the Guest Katie Birnie, Phd Dr. Birnie completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University in 2016, including a predoctoral residency in Pediatric Health Psychology at the IWK