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Survey about the role of parents in neonatal pain management by ESPR Neonatal Pain SIG & PEARL network

Survey about the role of parents in neonatal pain management!

The survey was performed by a working group within the ESPR Special Interest Group on Neonatal Pain and the Pain in Early Life (PEARL) network. It was distributed through a number of professional and scientific networks around the globe.

The findings will be presented soon.

The 4th PEARL Lecture Day in Copenhagen, March 26

See the program and invitation here.

Small children don’t get the pain treatment they need

Read about the research conducted by Randi Dovland Andersen at

In the Norwegian language version of the article you can also read about PEARL-members Solfrid Steinness and Bente Vederhus. also has a comment by Laila Kristoffersen about computerized pain-face recognision.

PEARL is now a Collaboration Partner with EFCNI

The European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) is the first pan-European organisation to represent the interests of preterm and newborn infants and their families. It gathers together parents and health professionals from different disciplines with the common goal of improving long-term health of preterm and newborn children by ensuring the best possible prevention, treatment, care and support (

PEARL is now a Collaboration Partner with EFCNI with the goal of improving pain management for preterm and newborn children. Mats Eriksson is also designated as member of the Scientific Advisory Board of EFCNI.

Handouts from PEARL Lecture Day in Turku, Finland on Tuesday March 28, 2017

Among the speakers were Linda Franck, Tarja Pölkki, Magdalena Panek and many


Save the dates!

Next PEARL Lecture Day will be held in Turku, Finland on Tuesday March 28 2017. See invitation here.

The PEARL research group workshop will be held on the evening the same day and the next day (March 29), on the boat to Stockholm, Sweden.

Those who are interested can then go on to the 20 year anniversary meeting of Swedish Pediatric Pain Society, in Stockholm on March 30-31, with many international well-known speakers.

International Forum on Paediatric Pain will be back again, at White Point Beach, Nova Scotia. October 12-15, 2017

New project: Translation, validation and cultural adaption of the Comfort Neo pain Scale

Lene Tandle Lyngstad and Solfrid Steinnes are setting up a new project with the aims to translate the instrument into Norwegian according to Wild`s 10 steps, and consequently assess content validity by focus group interviews, and to culturally adapt The Comfort Neo pain Scale into a Norwegian NICU setting.

NISR or GSR, what is the best pain measure?

In order to provide newborn infants with correct pain alleviation there is a need for reliable and easy-to-use tools to assess the pain. We are comparing Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) and Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) with Premature Infant Profile-Revised (PIPP-R). Read more.

The second PEARL Lecture Day

This inspiring lecture done gathered 50 participants from many countries. You can see the presentations here.