Education, Expectation and Motivation: Vital Drivers For Change in Pediatric Chronic Pain

January 24, 2017 3:00PM

Chronic pain of childhood is a complex biopsychosocial phenomenon. A multidisciplinary approach to management using a combination of psychology, physiotherapy and medications is now the standard of care. Emphasis is placed on goal-directed, self-management strategies and behaviour change designed to improve everyday function and quality of life. Reliance on resolution of pain with medications becomes less important than return to physical and social functioning. The ability to change relies on good education, the child's motivation to get better and positive expectations that recovery will occur. Dr. Lauder will provide examples where good education, positive expectations and manipulation of motivational drivers significantly influenced the path to recovery for children/youth with chronic pain.

By viewing this presentation, you will learn:


  • The importance of good quality individualized pain education.
  • How to explain chronic pain to children and their families.
  • How BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) have utilized a web based early intervention project "mycarepath" to improve education.
  • The role of child and parent expectations in the journey to recovery
  • The need to find each individual child's motivator for behavioral change.
  • Clinical examples where education, expectations and motivation have influenced the journey and recovery from pediatric chronic pain.



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