- Pediatric visits to the emergency department (ED) with chronic pain are increasing, as is analgesic administration, but more than two-thirds presenting are likely to receive a non-opioid.
Why this matters
- Increasing use of the ED for treatment of pediatric chronic pain conditions suggests the need to increase multidisciplinary pediatric chronic programs.
- Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago sought to describe the prevalence of ED visits for pediatric chronic pain.
- Data were obtained from 49 US children’s hospitals regarding ED visits for chronic pain (excluding sickle cell disease) from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2015.
- Included hospitals reported a total of 531 ED visits for 512 patients <18 y with chronic pain.