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2021 Feb 16

BMJ Open



Epidemiology of chronic pain in children and adolescents: a protocol for a systematic review update.


Tutelman PR, Langley CL, Chambers CT, Parker JA, Finley AG, Chapman D, Jones GT, Macfarlane GJ, Marianayagam J
BMJ Open. 2021 Feb 16; 11(2):e043675.
PMID: 33593785.


Chronic pain, defined as persistent or recurring pain or pain lasting longer than 3 months, is a common childhood problem and can profoundly impact children's physical, psychological and social functioning. The last comprehensive systematic review estimating the prevalence of chronic pain in children and adolescents was published in 2011. Since then, the literature on paediatric chronic pain has grown substantially. This manuscript outlines a protocol for an updated systematic review to provide updated estimates of the prevalence of various forms of chronic pain in children and adolescence. The review will also examine the relationship between sociodemographic and psychosocial factors related to chronic pain prevalence.