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2019 Dec




Changes in Health Care Utilization for Pediatric Patients Treated at a Specialized Outpatient Pain Clinic.


Spector A, Brazauskas R, Hainsworth K, Hoffman GM, Weisman S, Cassidy LD
WMJ. 2019 Dec; 118(4):164-168.
PMID: 31978284.


Pediatric pain clinics may be the most efficacious way to manage chronic and recurrent pain in children and adolescents, but families often rely heavily on nonspecialized care, such as the emergency department (ED). Health care utilization patterns for pediatric chronic pain have not been fully explored, particularly the patient-level factors that may contribute to underutilization or overutilization of certain services.