Journal article

Clinician Perspectives of Chronic Pain Management in Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy and Dyskinesia

Clare McKinnon, Jennifer White, Prue Morgan, Adrienne Harvey, Catherine Clancy, Michael Fahey, Giuliana Antolovich

Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2020


AIMS: To explore perspectives of clinicians from interdisciplinary teams on the barriers and facilitators to chronic pain management for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy and dyskinesia. METHODS: Interdisciplinary focus groups (n = 2) were conducted at two Australian tertiary pediatric hospitals. Twenty-five experienced clinicians took part, including ten physiotherapists, six pediatricians, four rehabilitation physicians, four occupational therapists, and one speech and language therapist. An external moderator conducted the focus groups and data were analyzed using inductive thematic analysis. RESULTS: Four key themes emerged: "balancing the intersection of pain and dyskinesia,"..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was completed as part of CM's PhD, whereby she received living stipends via an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and Centre for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Top-Up Scholarship. CM also received a Career Development Grant from The Research Foundation, Cerebral Palsy Alliance 2017. AH receives a National Health and Medical Research Council Translating Research into Practice Fellowship 2018. This project was supported by Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the Victorian Governments Operational Infrastructure Support Program.