This policy defines the nature of the ChildKind Resource Library collections as well as the procedures and governance surrounding these collections. It serves as a professional guide in expanding and maintaining an important knowledge base for the pediatric pain community of practice.
ChildKind International is committed to collecting quality materials related to the management of pediatric pain. The scope of collections housed within the ChildKind Resource Library are documents intended for use by health professionals and/or parents and caregivers when diagnosing, treating, assessing, and monitoring pediatric patients across the spectrum of pain management. This spectrum includes but is not limited to the following pain types: acute, ambulatory, chronic, disease-related including cancer, palliative, and procedural. Documents may also address specific pediatric age groups or comprehensively address all ages between infant and young adult.
Authorship & Copyright
Materials housed within the Resource Library may be authored by ChildKind-certified institutions. Authoring institutions retain their copyright of any material submitted for public view and download on the ChildKind Resource Library web pages. ChildKind International provides an open access* copy of all materials under protection from 17 U.S. Code § 107 – Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use and 17 U.S. Code § 108 Limitations on exclusive rights: Reproduction by libraries and archives as the purpose and character of material use is of a non-commercial nature and intended for nonprofit educational and/or research purposes. The doctrine of Fair Use applies to all materials housed within the Resource Library though ChildKind certified institutions may offer unique language of copyright and use of material within the text of their submitted resources.
ChildKind International may also collect relevant materials authored by organizations dedicated to awareness and advocacy of quality pediatric pain management. These materials maintain the same authorship and copyright as the materials housed by ChildKind-certified institutions.
Citations** to materials within the Resource Library must be attributed to the authoring institution. The retrieval information within a citation may list the specific resource page from ChildKind Resource Library though ChildKind International may amend a specific resource URL at any time. Requests for citation guidance may be directed to the ChildKind Resource Library.
ChildKind International also provides a disclaimer on its website for the responsible use of library materials. The disclaimer follows:
“Application of the information contained in this website remains the professional responsibility of the health care provider. Neither ChildKind International, its Directors and staff, nor the authoring institution and its staff assume any responsibility for errors and omissions or for any consequences from the application of the information available on this website. ChildKind International offers no warranty as to the currency, completeness, or accuracy of the material presented.”
*Open access is defined here as “free and unrestricted online availability”.
**Citations are defined here as any type of attribution, scholarly or popular in nature.
A Resource Library Committee oversees the collection development and indexing of the library materials. The Committee meets 8 to 12 times per calendar year. Length of membership is ongoing, not restricted to term, and voluntary for members external to ChildKind staff.
Committee membership includes volunteer health professionals from multiple disciplines and ChildKind staff.
Accessibility & Maintenance
The Resource Library is fully virtual and housed online within the greater ChildKind International website. The collections are made available as freely accessible linked PDFs or linked external websites. ChildKind professional staff are responsible for the maintenance of the library platform through a secure WordPress database.
Staff are also responsible for the notice to authoring institutions of currency and/or needed material updates. A published resource may be switched to an unpublished status within the WordPress database until further updates are given from the authoring institution.
Submission Criteria & Process
Individuals, groups, or committees at a ChildKind certified Institution who wish to submit materials may contact the ChildKind Resource Library at any time to discuss submission. It is expected that material considerations are relevant to the community of practice for pediatric pain management.
Materials for submission must meet the following requirements:
- The content is authored by health professionals with training and/or specialization in managing pediatric pain.
- The content is used in current practice by health professionals or distributed to parents and caregivers in a position to participate in a child’s pain management plan.
- Approval for submission is gained from the administration or authoritative body of the ChildKind certified institution.
- Materials for submissions reasonably fall under at least one of the following types of information:
- Clinical pathways
- Medication guidelines
- Nursing guidelines
- Treatment guidelines
- In-service teaching materials
- Patient education materials
Content Data and Description
Once a resource is fully incorporated into the Resource Library collections through its listing within the public-facing catalog pages, it has a dedicated web page and unique URL. Data is available for each resource and is determined by the Resource Library Committee.
Data types include:
- The published title of a document corresponds exactly with the title given by the authoring institution.
- Category is defined as the broadest type of information that may be useful for a library user to search while visiting the Library Resources webpages. Available categories may expand over time from the following: pain assessment, pain education, pain quality improvement initiatives, pain treatment nonpharmacologic, paint treatment- pharmacologic, and pain treatment- topical.
- Type of Document
- Type of document is defined as the specific reference used by health professionals when distributing or applying the information in practice. Available types of documents may expand over time from the following: education for parents, education for professionals, medication guideline, treatment guideline, nursing guideline, and pain assessment protocol.
- Age Range
- Age range is defined as the specific population in concern for care and management of pediatric pain. Documents may address a specific age, a set of ages, every pediatric age group, or be non-specified in its mention of age. Age ranges include infant (0-12 months), child (1-11 years), adolescent (12-18 years), and young adult (18 years+).
- Type of Pain
- Type is pain is defined as the diagnostic category of pain as it relates to types of treatment per a certain pediatric population, whether by age or location (NICU, general floor, ambulatory/urgent care, etc.). Documents may be indexed as more than one of the following types of pain including but not limited to acute, ambulatory, cancer pain, chronic, critical care, disease-related pain, palliative, post-operative, and procedural.
- Indexer-supplied Keywords
- Discipline-specific keywords are supplied by subject-matter experts upon review of the document.
- Authoring Institution
- The official name and geographic location of the authoring institution is listed.