Measuring pain in children with cerebral palsy who are unable to self-report

Research Opportunity
Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Number of Master Places Available
1
Department
Paediatrics
Location
Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Doctor Adrienne Harvey adrienne.harvey@mcri.edu.au 9345 5522 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor David Amor david.amor@mcri.edu.au 99366404 Personal web page

Summary This project aims to explore the use of technology for measuring pain in children with CP. It involves trialing an App that incorporates facial coding as well as other observations to score pain levels in adolescents with CP.

Project Details

Pain is a common comorbidity in children with cerebral palsy (CP) but is poorly identified and therefore under treated in this population. Pain is difficult to identify and measure in this group because many children are unable to self-report their pain due to communication and/or cognitive impairments. The tools currently available to measure pain in children with CP rely on observation or parent report and therefore may not be an accurate representation of a child's pain presence or severity.

This project aims to explore the use of technology for measuring pain in children with CP. It involves trialing an App that incorporates facial coding as well as other observations to score pain levels in adolescents with CP. The App is currently being used in adults with dementia and we are exploring its potential for use in children with CP. A pilot sample of 10-20 adolescents with CP will be recruited and their pain rated using the App as well as other behavioural pain scales commonly used in clinical practice. If found to be useful, this study will be the first step in potentially developing a CP specific App for measuring pain.



Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine



Research Opportunities

Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department

Paediatrics

Research Node

Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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