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Papers: 26 Aug 2023 - 1 Sep 2023

Pediatric, Psychology, Sex/Gender/Race, Social Aspects

Human Studies, Neurobiology


2023 Aug 25

J Pediatr Psychol


Commentary: Actionable Steps for Addressing Pediatric Pain in Rural and Underserved Communities: Disrupting Our Approach to Psychological Science and Care.


Cunningham NR, Reid MR, Love SC, Connelly MA


Although chronic pain is one of the most common health issues affecting children, disparities in access to behavioral healthcare limit its proper identification and management. There is a critical need to move beyond traditional care delivery approaches for chronic pain to reach those in communities that have limited access to care. We argue one means of doing so is to leverage our skills and expertise as psychologists to partner with and train professionals who have established relationships with youth in these communities. Drawing from a community-engaged dissemination and implementation science framework and our research implementing pain management strategies in rural and underserved communities, we review actionable strategies for disrupting traditional psychological methods to expand access to care for children with chronic pain.