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RAPID Paediatric Palliative Care and Pain

12 months
Approved budget:
Dr Ross Drake
Proposal type:
Health Delivery Research Development Award
Lay summary
Alleviating suffering is of primary importance in paediatric palliative care and pain management but a better understanding of the burden and potential harm from medicines is required in these settings to ensure medications don't increase suffering and impair a child's functional status. RAPID Paediatrics is a program of prospective, observational pharmacovigilance studies which aims to quantify NET clinical effect (benefit and harm) of commonly used medications in "real life" chronic non cancer pan and cancer pain management and palliative care for children where clinical prescribing is currently only supported by very low-quality evidence. The RAPID method relies on a large number of international sites to collect data quickly with minimal involvement of clinician time for a cost effective way to add to the knowledge for clinical prescribing.