About this Journal Submit a Manuscript Table of Contents
BioMed Research International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 741428, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/741428
Research Article

Pain Coping Strategies for Children with Arthritis

1Department of Psychology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207, USA
2School of Human Services, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA

Received 22 April 2013; Accepted 8 July 2013

Academic Editor: Roya Kelishadi

Copyright © 2013 Kim J. Rosenzweig and Laura Nabors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. To present information on pain management strategies for children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Methods. The second author developed a manual to present pain management strategies to children. The use of the manual was pilot-tested with a group of children with JIA. Telephone interviews were used to gather information on implementation of pain management strategies. Results. Children were able to implement the pain management strategies. Children reported a reduction in daily pain experiences related to JIA when using the pain management strategies. Conclusions. The pain management strategies were successful as an adjunctive intervention for short-term pain management. Pain symptoms related to JIA can severely limit children's participation in daily activities. Further study on how children use pain management strategies to improve their involvement in daily activities will provide useful clinical information.