Management of chronic pain in children.
Med J Aust | Published : 2001
OBJECTIVES: To describe the demography, clinical characteristics, treatment, functional limitations and outcomes of patients referred to a paediatric multidisciplinary pain clinic. DESIGN: Prospective data collection, descriptive study. PATIENTS AND SETTING: Tertiary referral centre pain clinic (Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne) over two years (March 1998 - March 2000). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Pain profile; functional disability (school absenteeism, sleep disturbance and inability to perform sport); treatments received; outcome. RESULTS: 207 patients (mean age, 13.1 years; 73% females; 29% rural residents) were referred in the two years. Concomitant medical conditions were present in 106/..View full abstract