Parental Influences in Pediatric Postsurgical Pain Published by Dove Medical Press

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A longitudinal study examining the associations among psychological factors and pain reports of children and their parents over the 12-month period after pediatric surgery.

Journal of Pain Research has published the original research “Parental risk factors for the development of pediatric acute and chronic postsurgical pain: a longitudinal study.”

This study is the first to prospectively examine the relationship between parent and child pain-related psychological risk factors in the transition from acute pediatric pain to the development and maintenance of chronic post-surgical pain. As corresponding author Dr Gabrielle Pagé says, “Results indicate that while parent and child pain anxiety in the days after surgery interact to predict acute pain levels two weeks later, parent pain catastrophizing 48-72 hours after surgery predicts the presence of chronic post-surgical pain 12 months after surgery.”

Dr Pagé continues, “The results suggest the following hypothesis: as time from surgery progresses, parents exert an increasingly greater influence over the pain responding of their children so that by the one-year mark, parent pain catastrophizing is the main risk factor for the development of pediatric CPSP.”

As Dr Michael Schatman, Editor-in-Chief, explains “So little is known regarding pediatric post-surgical and acute pain, particularly as it relates to parental catastrophization.”

The longitudinal design makes this study a unique one, with the results translating easily to improving pediatric pain care through more intensive intervention with parents.

Journal of Pain Research is an international, peer-reviewed, open access, online journal that welcomes laboratory and clinical findings in the fields of pain research and the prevention and management of pain. Original research, reviews, symposium reports, hypothesis formation and commentaries are all considered for publication.

Dove Medical Press Ltd is a privately held company specializing in the publication of Open Access peer-reviewed journals across the broad spectrum of science, technology and especially medicine.

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