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J Pediatr Psychol. 2005 Jul-Aug;30(5):397-408. Epub 2005 Feb 23.

A randomized controlled trial of a cognitive-behavioral family intervention for pediatric recurrent abdominal pain.

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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Psychology, 3405 Civic Center Blvd., CSH 15, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. robinsp@email.chop.edu.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate whether the combination of standard medical care (SMC) and short-term cognitive-behavioral family treatment (CBT) in the treatment of recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) was more effective than SMC alone.

METHODS:

Children recently diagnosed with RAP via physician examination were randomized into SMC (n = 29) and SMC plus CBT (n = 40) groups. Outcome measures included multiple dimensions of child and parent reported child pain, somatization, and functional disability, and school absences and physician contacts.

RESULTS:

Children and parents participating in the combined SMC + CBT intervention reported significantly less child and parent reported child abdominal pain than children in the SMC intervention immediately following the intervention and up to 1 year following study entry, as well as significantly fewer school absences. Significant differences in functional disability and somatization were not revealed.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results, in combination with previous studies, add support to the effectiveness of CBT intervention in reducing the sensory aspects of RAP. Results are discussed with respect to the cost-benefit of integrated medical and short-term psychological services.

PMID:
15944167
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/jsi063
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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