Transition Services for Adolescents with Chronic Pain
Going through adolescence can be a difficult process for anyone, but for young adults with chronic pain the difficulties of these formative years can become multifaceted. In this edition of Airing Pain we explore the challenges and successes that patients, parents and healthcare professionals encounter when entering this crucial period.
With 8% of young people in the 13-18 age range affected by chronic pain (15,000 living with arthritis alone), the transition to adulthood, and the medical support that accompanies it, is an important process.
- Dr Mary Rose, consultant at the pain management clinic at Edinburgh’s Sick Children’s Hospital
- Mandy Sim, pain nurse specialist at Edinburgh’s Sick Children’s Hospital pain management clinic
- Dr Alison Bliss, consultant in paediatric anaesthesia and chronic pain at Leeds Children’s Hospital
- Dr Line Caes, psychology lecturer at University of Stirling’s School of Natural Science, researcher in paediatric psychology and psychological aspects of children’s pain.
- Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh Charity: https://echcharity.org/
- Scottish Transitions Forum’s “Principles of Good Transition”: https://scottishtransitions.org.uk/summary-download/
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance on transition services: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng43