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Biobehavioral Pediatric Pain Lab | Acute to Chronic Pain

Biopsychosocial Predictors of Persistent Postsurgical Pain

Using a surgical population, we examine the psychosocial, sensory, and genetic predictors of persistent post surgical pain with the hope of developing innovative treatment strategies and advancing clinical care for patients who may be at risk for developing persistent pain after surgery. Utilizing QST (Quantitative Sensory Testing), validated psychosocial measures, and genetic testing, parents and patients will help contribute to a greater understanding of pain after surgery.

Current status: Enrollment is active
Funding: Office of Faculty Development/Clinical and Translational Research Executive Committee/ Research Recruitment and Resource Committee Career Development Fellowship; Boston Children's Hospital


Pain and psychosocial outcomes in a cohort of patients who have undergone major orthopedic surgery.

This retrospective study asks participants who have undergone major orthopedic surgery 8-36 months prior, to help us understand the prevalence of persistent post surgical pain and functional disability after surgery. Our goal is to better understandthe cognitive thinking patterns and behaviors that may contribute to the development of persistent post surgical pain and functional disability, by examining variables including parent and child distress and protectiveness.

Current status: Enrollment is active
Funding: The Sara Page Mayo Endowment for Pediatric Pain Research and Treatment, and the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital

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