Little People Big Pain
Overcoming obstacles to pain management in children
Pain is a common and complicated symptom in children. It impacts functional, emotional, and psychosocial well-being. Despite the available evidence to guide practice, the management of pain in children is often suboptimal. Children receiving palliative or hospice care often experience pain that is more complex than that seen in the general population.
In this webinar, Dr. Hunt will provide guidance for appropriate pain management strategies in children, including optimal medication selection.
Dr. Melissa Hunt graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy with her Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Pharmacy degrees and then completed an American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) accredited pediatric pharmacy practice residency at Norton (Kosair) Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dr. Hunt worked as a clinical pharmacy specialist in a pediatric intensive care unit prior to joining Optum Hospice Pharmacy Services in 2012, where she now serves as the Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist. In her role with Optum, Dr. Hunt serves on pediatric interdisciplinary teams, provides clinical consults on pediatric patients, and presents educational programs for staff and clients.
Dr. Hunt co-authored the Pediatric Palliative Care Consultant . She is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and serves on the Children’s Project on Palliative/Hospice Services (ChiPPS) pediatric advisory council. In addition, she is a member of numerous pharmacy organizations including Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG).