a children’s pain specialist has partnered with
a popular parenting blog in a campaign to disseminate pain research more quickly. Christine
Chambers, a clinical psychologist and professor
at Dalhousie University, launched the “It Doesn’t
Have to Hurt” initiative in September in Halifax.
The project, which received a Canadian
Institutes of Health Research partnership grant,
brings together Dr. Chambers and her colleagues
at Dalhousie’s Centre for Pediatric Pain Research
with one of Canada’s top online magazines for
Dr. Chambers, a mother of four, says by some
estimates it takes 17 years for research findings
to trickle slowly from a journal publication into
common use by the medical profession or parents.
“That’s an entire childhood or a generation
missing out on evidence-based findings that
could make a significant difference, especially
for children in pain,” she says.
Prof partners with parenting website
to help ease children’s pain
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Dr. Chambers’ research looks at ways to
alleviate children’s pain, including the pain
from needles or surgery. Concerned that such
research findings weren’t making their way to
parents of children who were suffering, she
made a YouTube video two years ago that has
been viewed more than 150,000 times.
The global success of that video and feedback from thousands of parents sparked the
idea for the It Doesn’t Have to Hurt initiative.
Dr. Chambers will provide fact-based research
information to YummyMummy, whose team
will produce the online content and promote it
through their various social media channels.
The content will be given the stamp of approval
by Dr. Chambers so that parents know it’s
evidence-based information. – karen birchard
“It Doesn’t Have to Hurt” initiative aims to spread evidence-based research quickly through social media