Healthcare utilization for pain in children and adolescents: a prospective study of laboratory and non-laboratory predictors of care-seeking

Tsao, Jennie C.I., Evans, Subhadra, Seidman, Laura C. and Zeltzer, Lonnie K. 2011, Healthcare utilization for pain in children and adolescents: a prospective study of laboratory and non-laboratory predictors of care-seeking, International journal of adolescent medicine and health, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 287-292, doi: 10.1515/ijamh.2011.057.

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Title Healthcare utilization for pain in children and adolescents: a prospective study of laboratory and non-laboratory predictors of care-seeking
Author(s) Tsao, Jennie C.I.
Evans, SubhadraORCID iD for Evans, Subhadra orcid.org/0000-0002-1898-0030
Seidman, Laura C.
Zeltzer, Lonnie K.
Journal name International journal of adolescent medicine and health
Volume number 23
Issue number 3
Start page 287
End page 292
Total pages 6
Publisher Walter de Gruyter
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 0334-0139
2191-0278
Keyword(s) acute pain
experimental pain
parent-child relationship
parent health status
pediatric healthcare
Summary BACKGROUND: Few studies have focused on identifying predictors of medical consultation for pain in healthy children and adolescents.

OBJECTIVE: This investigation sought to identify parent and child laboratory and non-laboratory predictors of pediatric healthcare utilization for pain problems. STUDY GROUP: Participants were 210 healthy children and adolescents (102 girls), aged 8-17 years who took part in a laboratory pain session.

METHODS: Three months after the laboratory session, participants were contacted by telephone to ascertain whether they had experienced pain and whether they had seen a healthcare professional for pain. Zero-order correlations among sociodemographic status, child laboratory pain responses, parent physical/mental health status and medical consultation for pain were conducted to identify relevant correlates of pediatric healthcare utilization; these correlates were subjected to multivariate analyses.

RESULTS: Bivariate analyses indicated that higher anticipated pain and bother for the cold pressor task, as well as poorer parent physical health status, were associated with pediatric medical consultation for pain, but only among girls. Sequential logistic regression analyses controlling for child age indicated that only parent physical health status, not the laboratory indicators, significantly predicted healthcare consultation for pain among girls. No parent or child correlates of care-seeking for pain emerged for boys.

CONCLUSION: The findings suggest that parents' perceived physical health plays a role in determining whether medical care is sought for pain complaints in healthy girls. These results suggest that interventions to assist parents in managing their own physical health problems could lead to reductions in medical consultation for girls' pain.
Language eng
DOI 10.1515/ijamh.2011.057
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©[2011, De Gruyter]
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086928

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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