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Issues relating to effective pain management in young people

Jon Needham, BSc (Hons), Dip HE, RSCN, RGN.Adolescent Specialist Nurse, City Hospital Site, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS TrustYoung people aged 10-20 years old make up 15-20% of people in the UK, and even more within some ethnic-minority populations. For example, in the Pakistani/Bangladeshi population this rises to around 37% (Coleman and Schofield, 2003). That is around 7.5 million young people, many of them potential NHS service users.

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