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J Pediatr Psychol. 2006 Aug;31(7):724-36. Epub 2005 Aug 10.

Online psychological treatment for pediatric recurrent pain: a randomized evaluation.

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Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan, Mental Health Services-Victoria Square, Box 3003, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada S6V 6G1. carrie.hicks@shaw.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the efficacy of a distance treatment delivered through Internet and telephone for pediatric recurrent pain.

METHODS:

Forty-seven participants (9-16 years of age) were randomly assigned to either an Internet-based treatment or a standard medical care waitlist. Treatment employed a Web-based manual for children and parents with weekly therapist contact by telephone or e-mail. At 1- and 3-month follow-ups, participants were assessed on the outcome variables of pain and quality of life. A 50% reduction in diary pain scores was considered clinically significant.

RESULTS:

Significant between-group differences were found: 71 and 72% of the treatment group achieved clinically significant improvement at the 1- and 3-month follow-ups, respectively, whereas only 19 and 14% of the control group achieved the criterion. No significant differences were found on the quality of life variable.

CONCLUSIONS:

Distance methods have considerable potential for making effective treatments more accessible with lower associated costs.

PMID:
16093516
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/jsj065
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