Who We Are

Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP) is a national knowledge mobilization network incorporated as a not-for-profit organization.

Our Administrative Centre is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. We acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land. We are all Treaty people.

2/3 children in hospitals experience painful procedures without any pain management

Veterinarians get 5x more training in pain than people doctors do

75% of parents say that they don’t know how to manage their children’s pain

Only 2 Canadian Health Institutions have made a certified commitment to pain management

The Problem

Scientists have found many ways to manage pain, but most people don’t know about these treatments.

This matters because pain that isn’t treated well:

  • harms children’s brains and bodies
  • costs the healthcare system time and money
  • is a struggle and can be traumatic for families and health professionals

Our Vision

Healthier Canadians through better pain management for children.

The Solution

SKIP's mission is to improve children's pain management by mobilizing evidence-based solutions through coordination and collaboration.

We are working to address the gap in knowledge mobilization by bringing together:

  • researchers
  • patients and caregivers
  • health professionals
  • 48 different health institutions (including all the children’s hospitals in Canada!)
  • 100+ partners from around the world

SKIP's Impact

  • Less suffering for children and families
  • Less avoidance of necessary healthcare
  • Lower risk of addiction and chronic pain in adulthood
  • Less financial burden on people & the health system

SKIP's Outcome

To improve children's pain management in Canadian health institutions.

What is knowledge mobilization?

Knowledge mobilization is exactly what it sounds like – knowledge needs to run, not sit.

Did you know that it can take up to 17 years for research findings to be put into practice? That means that for up to 17 years, important research that could save or improve lives sits in one place instead of getting into the hands of those who need it. 

That’s where SKIP comes in. Our network made up of 6 Hubs, 3 Affiliates, and 100+ partners works together to make sure that knowledge about how to manage children’s pain is shared effectively with every area of Canada at every level.

The good news is that no matter who you are, you can be a part of mobilizing knowledge about children’s pain management! Click here to connect with us.

Anyone can be a #PainChampion

Are you interested in making a difference? Get in touch.