Commitment to Comfort Program | Patient Resources

Collaborative efforts between Boston Children's Hospital Departments have led to improved pain management, shorter hospital stays, reduced side-effects, and reduced costs of care for patients and their families. Learn more about our different pain treatment services:


The Medical Acupuncture Service at Boston Children's is one of the most active pediatric medical acupuncture services in the country. Our patients are seen for: Headaches, Abdominal pain, Limb pain, Back pain, Chest pain, Canter, Sickle cell disease, Hemophilia, Cystic Fibrosis, Endometriosis and Crohn's disease.

Acute Pain

The Acute Pain Service is dedicated to reduce pain safely and manage side effects of pain medications. The team of physicians and nurses are available 24/7.

Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain Clinic is a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, psychologists and physical therapists who are dedicated to caring for children, adolescents and young adults with chronic pain on an outpatient basis. The team recommends a personalized treatment plan for each patient intended to address not just the pain itself but also any disabilities it may have caused.

Comfort Ability Group

Dr. Rachael Coakley has developed a structured curriculum and group based approach involving a weekend day-long intensive program for children and their parents. The program results in measurable improvements in measures of pain, school attendance, functional disability and healthcare resource utilization.

Day Hospital Treatment for Pediatric Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Day hospital multidisciplinary rehabilitative treatment for CRPS has been shown to be clinically effective and less costly than inpatient admission on a tertiary medical-surgical unit or an inpatient rehabilitation unit. A series of prospective clinical outcome studies has documented positive impacts on short- and long-term outcomes, including pain ratings, ratings of limb function, psychological measures, and ratings of functional disability.

Family Resources

Beyond world-class clinical care, cutting edge research, the exemplary medical training at Boston Children's Hospital, offers numerous services that touch the lives of our patients and families. From the child life specialist who are professionally trained to help your child cope with medical procedures and the clowns who bring forth smiles and laughter, to the pastoral staff who offer comfort and spiritual strength.

Headache Program

In children with chronic, hard-to-manage headaches, the pain can significantly impact all aspects of life, including school performance, social activities, sleep, mood, appetite, and family interactions. Together, we help young patients to manage their headache pain, and continue or return to their regular activities by working with patients and their families to ensure that each child we treat is able to meet his or her optimal ability to live life uninterrupted by pain.

Palliative Care Overview Team (PACT)

The Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) is a team of interdisciplinary clinicians with expertise in pediatric pallative care, who add an extra layer of support to the care of children with serious illness and their families. Pediatric palliative care refers to treatments intended to optimize the quality of life and promote healing and comfort for children with life-threatening illness.

Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Services

The Physical Therapy at Boston Children's Hospital provides evaluation and treatment for growing children who have experienced disabling diseases, congenital conditions or traumatic injury.

Psychology and Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based series of approaches to reducing pain and improving daily functioning for many types of chronic pain.

School Support for Children with Chronic Pain

Extensive research and clinical experience indicate that children with chronic pain who attend school regularly do better then those who do not. Pain, academic functioning, psychological well-being and social engagement can all improve when a child attends school, even if they are in pain.