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

Experienced clinicians from interdisciplinary teams participated in this study

- to share their perspectives on the barriers and facilitators to chronic pain management for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy and dyskinesia.

Four themes emerged from the focus groups:

  • balancing the intersection of pain and dyskinesia,
  • difficulty communicating between so many providers,
  • uncertainty surrounding chronic pain education,
  • differing priorities.

Participants also identified a lack of access to some interdisciplinary team members and formalized guidance on chronic pain education as barriers.

Future research should look at developing a strategy for implementing effective chronic pain management for children and adolescents.

Authors: McKinnon C, White J, Morgan P, Harvey A, Clancy C, Fahey M, Antolovich G. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2021;41(3):244-258. doi: 10.1080/01942638.2020.1847236.

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