Commentary: Actionable Steps for Addressing Pediatric Pain in Rural and Underserved Communities: Disrupting Our Approach to Psychological Science and Care.
Although chronic pain is one of the most common health issues affecting children, disparities in access to behavioral healthcare limit its proper identification and management. There is a critical need to move beyond traditional care delivery approaches for chronic pain to reach those in communities that have limited access to care. We argue one means of doing so is to leverage our skills and expertise as psychologists to partner with and train professionals who have established relationships with youth in these communities. Drawing from a community-engaged dissemination and implementation science framework and our research implementing pain management strategies in rural and underserved communities, we review actionable strategies for disrupting traditional psychological methods to expand access to care for children with chronic pain.
Journal of pediatric psychology
Adolescent; Child; Humans; Chronic Pain; Delivery of Health Care; Implementation Science; Pain Management; Rural Population
community-engaged; dissemination and implementation; equity; pain management; rural
Cunningham NR, Reid MR, Love SC, Connelly MA. Commentary: Actionable Steps for Addressing Pediatric Pain in Rural and Underserved Communities: Disrupting Our Approach to Psychological Science and Care. J Pediatr Psychol. 2023;48(9):743-746. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsad054