A big impact.
Why is this important?
Poor pain management practice harms the child, the parent, the medical provider, and public health. Good pain management has tremendous power to change all that.
Mismanaged pain means both immediate suffering and long-term effects. Children have unnecessary pain and learn to fear doctors, often for their lifetime. Treatments important for their health are sometimes avoided, or reinforce previous bad experiences.
It can be traumatic for parents to feel like they can’t protect their child when they are in pain. It is more traumatic for parents in medical settings that it is for children. Just going to the doctor becomes stressful because of anxiety and fear. Parents start to make medical decisions based on fear rather than what is best for their child.
The Medical Provider
Most medical providers are dedicated and caring professionals who aren't currently given the training and tools to prevent and relieve pain as well as they could or would like to. Hurting children is often the most stressful part of their job, affecting their job satisfaction, burnout, and even quality of care.