'Pain Medicine after Outpatient Surgery' Among Topics of New Animated Video Series for Parents, Researchers

June 05, 2019

When a child has same day surgery, it can be challenging for parents to know how to manage post-surgical pain at home.

To help provide guidance, Lurie Children’s has developed an animated short video, “Pain Medicine for Children after Outpatient Surgery." Developed by the group Growing Research through Advocacy and Dedication (GRAnD), this is one of two videos, in what will be a series that will address various aspects of research and patient care. All videos in the library series are being made in collaboration with patients and families.

The second video in the new library is an award-winning, also short animated piece, which answers questions about research and informed consent, called “What is Research?”

Medical research helps find cures for disease. It can help evaluate treatments, and it provides great benefits to patients and to humanity. But it can be scary and confusing for parents and children when approached by a researcher or clinician to consider participating in a study. As an academic medical center, Lurie Children’s has many opportunities for participation and saw a chance to improve the informed consent process through this standardized and patient-friendly mechanism.

“What is Research?” was created in both Spanish and English and “Pain Medicine for Children after Outpatient Surgery” is currently in English with a Spanish translation coming soon.  

Additional topics that are under development in this patient-focused library, include: “Opioid Medication and Disposal,” “Fertility Preservation” and “Biobanking,” among others.

GRAnD is a research collaboration and workgroup consisting of clinical research professionals, investigators, and IRB representatives who are committed to improving the lives of children through high impact research conducted through the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute at Lurie Children’s.


Watch "What is Research?"

Watch "Pain Medicine for Children After Outpatient Surgery"