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Thursday 18 September 2014

Children in chronic pain needed for key research

Published 03/06/2014 | 02:30

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Doctors are looking for children who suffer from chronic pain to take part in a study
Doctors are looking for children who suffer from chronic pain to take part in a study

CHILDREN who are living in chronic pain are being urged to take part in new research that hopes to find a way of managing the problem.

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Researchers at NUI Galway are seeking children aged between seven and 12 who are suffering from persistent pain to take part in a programme to develop effective pain management.

Angeline Traynor, who is carrying out the research, said recent studies reveal that up to 30pc of children across Europe are suffering from chronic pain.

"Chronic pain is increasingly prevalent in young people and can have a significant impact on the day-to-day quality of life," she said.

The research shows that the pain could result from injury and heightened pain signals but, more commonly, there is no known cause."

The project will involve just one meeting with a group of children and one meeting with a group of parents. Group sessions will be run at a number of locations across Ireland.

For more information, go to www.helpkidswithpain.com

Irish Independent

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