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Pain Research and Treatment
Volume 2012, Article ID 791061, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/791061
Research Article

Parents' Initial Perceptions of Multidisciplinary Care for Pediatric Chronic Pain

1Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2441 East Hartford Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211, USA
2Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA
3Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, 9000 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA

Received 19 April 2012; Accepted 16 July 2012

Academic Editor: Bjorn Meyerson

Copyright © 2012 Ayala Y. Gorodzinsky et al. 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

Chronic and recurrent pain is experienced by many children and adolescents. Treatment of chronic pain using a multidisciplinary approach has been found to be effective for treatment of chronic pain. Parent satisfaction with treatment and treatment providers highly correlates to children’s treatment adherence. Parents of children treated at a multidisciplinary chronic pain clinic were interviewed following their initial appointment. Parents reported high satisfaction with treatment team members and with the treatment plan. Parents also reported appreciation of multidisciplinary structure, the high level of expertise of the team members, and the team members’ genuine interest in treating their children. This increase in satisfaction when compared to previous treatment is important since increases in satisfaction may correlate with a reduction in experiences of chronic pain. Parents reported high satisfaction with interactions with treatment team members and with the treatment plan provided for their children. Parents had appreciation of multidisciplinary team structure and the high level of expertise of the team members. This increase in satisfaction when compared to treatment from previous providers is important since increases in satisfaction may correlate with an increase in children’s treatment adherence and a reduction in experiences of chronic pain.