Comparison between children and adolescents with and without chronic benign pain: consultation rate and pain characteristics
The aim of the study was to determine whether children with chronic benign pain are in contact with their general practitioner (GP) more frequently than those without chronic benign pain. A random sample of children and adolescents aged between 0 and 18 years of age was drawn from the records of ten general practices. According to their responses to a pain questionnaire, subjects were assigned to the chronic benign pain group (n = 95) if they had pain of more than three months' duration, or to the control group (n = 105) if they had pain of less than three months' duration or no pain at all. All the subjects had an average GP consultation rate of 2.6 contacts per year. No significant age and sex differences were found. Chronic benign pain in childhood and adolescence is not related to increased use of healthcare services, suggesting that somatisation does not play a major role in children with chronic benign pain.
|Keywords||Adolescent, Adolescent Health Services/*utilization, Child, Child Health Services/*utilization, Child, Preschool, Chronic Disease, Comparative Study, Family Practice/*statistics & numerical data, Female, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Male, Netherlands, Pain/etiology/*therapy, Patient Acceptance of Health Care/*statistics & numerical data, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't|
van Eekelen, F.C., Perquin, C.W., Hunfeld, J.A.M., Hazebroek-Kampschreur, A.A.J.M., van Suijlekom-Smit, L.W.A., Koes, B.W., … van der Wouden, J.C.. (2002). Comparison between children and adolescents with and without chronic benign pain: consultation rate and pain characteristics. British Journal of General Practice. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/9907