PEARL - Pain in Early Life


PEARL (Pain in Early Life) is a Network for Research and Education that was established in 2014 to bring together pediatric pain researchers.

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Project description

PEARL (Pain in Early Life) is a Network for Research and Education that was established in 2014 to initially bring together pediatric pain researchers in Nordic countries. Since then, activities have also targeted other countries. The aim of the network is (1) to provide parents with evidence-based information on pediatric pain and its relieving strategies, (2) to provide healthcare professionals with evidence-based tools for the management of pain, and (3) to perform collaborative research.

A survey about the role of parents in neonatal pain management (May – August 2023)

The survey is performed by a working group within the Special Interest Group on Neonatal Pain within European Society of Pediatric Research (ESPR Neonatal Pain SIG) and the Pain in Early Life (PEARL) network. It is distributed through a number of professional and scientific networks around the globe.

The survey only explores the conditions on a unit level, i.e. not on an individual level. The idea is that each neonatal unit responds once to the survey. Depending on how your neonatal unit (NICU) is organized, this can be a neonatologist, NICU nurse, unit manager etc.

Project results

The work of PEARL and its members will benefit hospitalized children and their parents, and in addition increase scientifically sound research on pediatric pain especially in the Nordic countries. Of particular interests are the infants treating in NICUs.



Project coordinator
University of Örebro, Sweden

Researchers from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Island, other countries (e.g. USA, Canada, Ghana). PEARL is also a Collaboration Partner with EFCNI (European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants).