Chronic pain in pediatric patients: Epidemiology, pathophysiology, and mitigation strategies

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


Purpose of reviewTo provide an updated summary on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and treatment strategies of chronic pain in pediatric patients and its differences with chronic pain in adults.Recent findingsChronic pain in children is common, can be debilitating and can progress into adulthood, thus it requires an interdisciplinary evaluation and management. Targeting interdisciplinary care, including psychology, physical, and/or occupational therapy, has been shown to improve pain and function. Recent decline in mental health post pandemic has correlated with increase in pediatric chronic pain thus the need to identify patients at risk and offer early interdisciplinary treatment.SummaryChronic pediatric pain should be addressed under the biopsychosocial model, where the biological, psychological, and social factors are evaluated on how they influence the pain perception, pain experience, functional ability, and treatment focus. Pain education to patients and their families is the crucial initial step towards a functional rehabilitation of pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-250
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2024


  • biopsychosocial model
  • child
  • chronic pain
  • functional rehabilitation
  • interdisciplinary care
  • pediatric pain
  • treatment


Dive into the research topics of 'Chronic pain in pediatric patients: Epidemiology, pathophysiology, and mitigation strategies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this