Perceived Diagnostic Uncertainty in Pediatric Chronic Pain

Tamar Pincus; Melanie Noel; Abbie Jordan; Danijela Serbic


Pain. 2018;159(7):1268-1276. 

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Abstract and Introduction


In this review, we argue that perceived diagnostic uncertainty in patients with idiopathic pediatric chronic pain and their parents is critically important for understanding pain cognitions, behavioural responses to pain, treatment choices, and outcomes during this developmental period. We include evidence from children (under 12 years) and adolescents (12-18 years). This period sets the stage for future experience of pain: two-thirds of children and adolescents with chronic pain will become adults with chronic pain.[30] The prevalence of pediatric chronic pain is rising and has been described as a growing epidemic.[11] Better understanding of this core issue through well-designed research with pediatric populations is therefore crucial.