Measuring pain in children with developmental disabilities
- Research Opportunity
- PhD students, Masters by Research
- Department / Centre
- Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
|Dr Adrienne Harveyfirstname.lastname@example.org||03 9345 5522 ext 57540|
|Professor David Amoremail@example.com|
Summary Pain can be difficult to identify and measure in children with developmental disabilities. This project will use technology to develop innovative methods to measure pain in this population of children.
Chronic pain is common in children with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities, yet it is not well understood, is under-identified and poorly managed in this population. One contributing factor is the underutilisation of tools that can adequately identify and measure pain in this medically complex and heterogeneous group. In the typically developing population, self-report is the ‘‘gold-standard” for measuring pain. The selection and administration of pain tools in children with disabilities is complicated by varying abilities of children and adolescents to self-report pain across a spectrum of disability and ages. Many are unable to self-report due to cognitive and/or communication limitations. Consequently, no “gold standard” exists.
This project aims to use technology to develop and validate innovate methods for identifying and measuring pain in children with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. A range of technologies will be explored to: 1) develop methods and processes and 2) validate these against existing methods in children with a range of ages and impairments.
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PhD students, Masters by Research
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