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2023 Jul 12

Eur J Pain


Pain, mental health and healthcare utilization: Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth with chronic pain, parents and siblings.


Soltani S, Killackey T, Birnie KA, Brennenstuhl S, Kopala-Sibley DC, Choiniere M, Pagé MG, Dassieu L, Lacasse A, Lalloo C, Poulin P, Ingelmo P, Ali S, Battaglia M, Campbell F, Smith A, Benayon M, Jordan I, Marianayagam J, Harris L, Mohabir V, Stinson J, Noel M


Paediatric chronic pain was a public health emergency before the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and this problem is predicted to escalate. Pain tends to occur intergenerationally in families, and youth with chronic pain and their parents have high rates of mental health issues, which can further exacerbate pain. Siblings of youth with chronic pain have been largely overlooked in research, as well as the impact of the pandemic on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and healthcare utilization.