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Below are a brief descriptions of research projects in each discipline. Interdisciplinary research is ongoing.
Medicine is currently conducting an ongoing investigation on estimated total health care expenditures incurred by children and adolescents with chronic pain disorders. This study also identifies the determinants of health care expenditures for this patient population. In recent years, the United States has been facing the challenge of skyrocketing health care expenditures; therefore, such information can help developing optimal intervention strategies and appropriate health policies.
The Pain and Analgesia Imaging Neuroscience (P.A.I.N.) Group is conducting several NIH-funded MRI studies to examine differences in brain and spinal cord structure and networks in children and adolescents diagnosed with conditions typically associated with chronic and/or neuropathic pain. Please visit their website for more information.
Psychology research generally focuses on assessing the effectiveness of the PPRC’s intensive, multidisciplinary approach to pain treatment. More specifically, we are interested in understanding how our program impacts patients’ pain, functioning, and psychological well-being in the short- and long-term. We also seek to understand factors that may impact patient and family treatment response in order inform continued program development/improvement.
The physical therapists at the PPRC at Boston Children's Hospital are currently spearheading validation and outcomes studies to examine the effectiveness of treatment provided at the Mayo Family Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Center for patients with chronic lower extremity pain, chronic headaches and functional abdominal pain.
The occupational therapists at the PPRC at Boston Children’s Hospital are currently in the process of recreating their evaluation. We will begin validation studies on several new measures we have been developing specifically for this population in the near future.
The current research focus of the therapeutic recreation program at the PPRC is the dynamic leisure time usage of youth with chronic pain. This includes study of their peer-to-peer relationships, attitudes towards recreation and current time usage patterns for preferred activities.
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