We LOVE medical providers! You have one of the toughest and most important jobs in the world, and we want to help in any way we can.
Our team of experts includes not only top experts in the world of pain management and medicine, but also boots-on-the-ground providers who know what’s it’s like to do patient care in a wide variety of settings. No matter where you practice or your patient population, we are dedicated to giving you the resources and tools that make things easier for your patients, families, and the medical team. We know that you don’t have the time to do more, so we help figure out the ways they can fit into your work flows to reduce stress and make things better for ALL involved. Improve patient outcomes and improve efficiency? YES PLEASE!
The Meg Foundation Provider Toolkit
This ebook is the ultimate provider tool kit for improving procedural pain management.
With direct links to videos, downloadable content, digital tools, and practice checklists, this ebook outlines the research about WHY it is important to improve patients’ pain experiences and gives you the HOW to actually do it.
Sometimes we need something to actually hand patients and families. You can print and distribute all of these resources for use in your organization. Most are available in multiple languages!
Printable Comfort Poke Plan for Kids
We all do better with a plan! Use this to help kids create one of their very own before their next poke.
Creating Comfort for Kids Printable Poster
Let our monsters teach kids and families how to prevent pain and anxiety during needle pokes!
Comfort Positioning Guide
Learn comfort positions that allow you to calm and comfort your child while keeping them safe!
Creating Comfort During Nasal Swab Infographic
Strategies to feel better when they shove a long swab up your nose.
Creating Comfort For Babies Infographic
Quick guide to the simple pain management strategies to get babies through shots and other needle pokes with calm and comfort.
Relevant Research Articles
We are committed to the science and the best practices. There are world class clinical and academic experts and peer reviewed research behind everything we do. Here are a few of our favorites, but you also should check out even more of the research about the why and the how in our Digging Deeper section.
A hospital-wide initiative to eliminate or reduce needle pain in children using lean methodology
Released in 2018 by the International Association of the Study of Pain, this article outlines a hospital created a new standard of care around pain, and addressing the fact that pain remains common, underrecognized, and undertreated in children’s hospitals and pediatric clinics. Available open source.
Efficient procedural pain best practices summary article from the Canadian Medical Association
This articles outlines the recommendations for procedural pain clinical protocols, including a very useful evidence summary. This also reflects the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and nearly every other pediatric organization in the world. Available open source.
Far From “Just a Poke” Common Painful Needle Procedures and the Development of Needle Fear
From the Clinical Journal of Pain, a good article outlining the implications of poorly managed needle pain, including the development of needle fear.
Newly released in 2020: an update reinforcing treatment recommendations for pediatric pain
Across the adult population, blood-injection-injury fears may explain approximately 10% of cases of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. Addressing such fears will likely improve the effectiveness of vaccination programs.
Pediatric pain treatment and prevention for hospitalized children
The article from the International Association of Pain Reports reviews the latest research in prevention and treatment of acute and chronic pain in children. Available open source.
Provider focused podcasts
We get it…sometimes it’s easier or more time efficient to listen. Check out these top rated podcasts to hear our experts talk about best practices, why they are important, and how they can be incorporated into your clinical work.
American Academy of Pediatrics On Call Podcast: Pediatrics Research Roundup, Managing Fear of Needles
In this episode Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, associate editor of digital media for the journal Pediatrics, shares a research roundup from the July issue. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also talk with David Becker, MD, MPH, MA, LMFT, FAAP, and Jody Thomas, PhD, about strategies for taking the pain and fear out of vaccinations.
COPIC Within Normal Limits Podcast
Our very own Dr. Jody Thomas shares her insight on this episode entitled: Helping Kids Cope with Anxieties Around Medical Care and Pain Management.
UCLA Live Well: Pain Management and How to #HacktheVax
Pain expert Dr. Jody Thomas talk with Dr. Wendy Slusser on the UCLA Live Well Podcast
Beyond the Bedpan: Dr. Jody Thomas and The Meg Foundation
Christie Cowan and Dr. Jody Thomas, discuss needle anxiety and the skills needed to cope with painful procedures.
Child Life on Call: Pediatric Pain with the Meg Foundation
Practical tips, expert on advice, and lot of experience in this interview with Dr. Jody Thomas and Child Life Specialist Jamie Gentille on the Child Life On Call podcast.
Digital Resources and Online training
Digital tools are great ways to set up patients for a good experience before they even walk in your door. Check out these options for kids, teens, and adults. We also have vetted resources that provide you with high quality information and training.
Be Sweet to Moms and Babies for Providers
Performing baby blood tests while breastfeeding or holding skin to skin
Provider Tool Kit
This interactive eBook makes it easy to learn all the ways our free pain management resources can be used to make life easier for you and your patients.
Built to Empower: Pain Management Tools for All
Dr. Jody Thomas talks about how the Meg Foundation's freely available resources and tools are designed to empower kids, families, and adults to better manage their pain experience.
Pain Champions Guide for Parents
Learn all you need to know about how to manage needle pain and anxiety through this interactive tech tool.
SuperMeg Poke Planner
Have no fear, SuperMeg is here! This interactive tech helps your child create a plan for being more calm and comfortable during needle pokes.