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(p. 583) Child and Adolescent Pain 

(p. 583) Child and Adolescent Pain
(p. 583) Child and Adolescent Pain

C. Meghan McMurtry

, and Patrick J. McGrath

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date: 29 October 2020

Pain is a complex, subjective state that has both sensory and emotional components. It is common throughout childhood. This chapter focuses on the assessment of pain and the effects of pain on the functioning of youth and their families across domains such as physical, emotional, and social role functioning, because the nature of pain requires assessment beyond simplistic pain intensity. It begins with a review of the nature of the condition, which is followed by a review of clinical assessment instruments designed for the assessment purposes of (a) diagnosis, (b) case conceptualization and treatment planning, and (c) treatment monitoring and evaluation. Recommendations are included for instruments with the greatest scientific support and for assessing pain in a clinically sensitive manner.

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