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PAIN AND PAIN BELIEFS IN ADOLESCENTS: AN EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDY IN TICINO

Acronimo AdoPD

Abstract Chronic pain in children and adolescents is a major global public health problem and WHO has recently published guidelines for its appropriate management. The prevalence of pain in adolescents is reported to be highly variable. Data from the WHO transnational collaborative Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study, based on representative samples of adolescents aged 11, 13 and 15 years in 42 countries, revealed that 44% of adolescents report chronic weekly pain in the last six months. In addition to physical disability, which accompanies 5% of children with chronic pain, chronic pain has a negative impact on the development and emotional, psychological and social functioning of these children, and may be related to anxiety and depression, sleep disturbances and poor school performance. These aspects seriously affect the quality of life of these children and youth. Moreover, chronic pain in childhood is associated with the protraction and chronification of pain in adulthood. A cross-sectional design involving 500-600 students from Ticino's public secondary schools has been planned.

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Data di inizio progetto 1 gennaio 2022

Data di chiusura progetto 31 dicembre 2022

 
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