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Active Research Studies


Sucrose Practices for Pain in Neonates (SPiN): A Program of Research

Funding: Canadian Institute of Health Research 

Research Coordinator: Kim Caddell

Stevens, B., Ballantyne, M., Campbell-Yeo, M., Estabrooks, C., Gibbins, S., Harrison, D., McNair, C., Sidani, S., Squires, A., Synnes, A., Taddio, A., Widger, K., Willan, A., & Yamada, J. Sucrose Practices for Pain in Neonates (SPiN): A Program of Research. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Operating Grant. 

Sucrose Practices for Pain in Neonates (SPiN) aims to explore several questions regarding the optimal dose, mechanisms, and impact associated with the use of sucrose.

The SPiN study is a multi-site study launched at four Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Canada. In the first phase of the SPiN studies, we determined the lowest amount of sucrose needed to manage babies’ pain.

Now we are exploring if this amount of sucrose can manage pain when it is used repeatedly for all painful procedures while the baby is hospitalized. We are also examining whether consistent use of sucrose influences the development of babies when they are 18 and 36 months old. We are also examining contextual factors in the hospital units where these babies receive care, specifically looking at factors that assist and prevent sucrose administration to determine their influence on how often sucrose is used.


The results of this study will be used to promote the best possible management of babies’ pain during painful procedures in hospitals.

For more information contact Research Coordinator Kim Caddell

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