Create Account | Sign In: Author or Forum

News  |  Journals  |  Conferences  |  Opinion  |  Articles  |  Forums  |  Twitter    
Category: Family Medicine | Nursing | Pediatrics | Rheumatology | Anesthesiology & Pain | Journal

Back to Journal Articles

Pain Intensity in Juvenile Arthritis Varies Widely

Last Updated: September 28, 2012.

In youth with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, pain intensity varies within days, impacting patient quality of life, according to a study published online Sept. 12 in Arthritis Care & Research.


Pain intensity varies widely within days for youth with JIA, significantly impacting quality of life

Share |

Comments: (0)




FRIDAY, Sept. 28 (HealthDay News) -- In youth with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), pain intensity varies within days, impacting patient quality of life, according to a study published online Sept. 12 in Arthritis Care & Research.

Susan Tupper, P.T., Ph.D., of the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, and colleagues conducted a study involving 112 youth aged 8 to 18 years with JIA to evaluate within-day patterns of pain and how pain variability impacts patient quality of life. Patients completed electronic diaries three times a day for seven days and rated pain intensity on a visual analogue scale.

The researchers found that 65 percent of youth had a high within-day variability in pain, with an average absolute change in pain of 15.6. As disease severity increased, pain variability increased, and high variability in pain was associated with significantly lower quality of life. JIA subtype and patient sex affected within-day patterns of pain intensity.

"This study contributes to knowledge of the variability of the pain experience for youth with JIA. Pain intensity varies within and between days for youth with JIA and patterns of fluctuations vary by subtype of disease and sex," the authors write. "Clinicians can utilize these findings when educating patients and their families in that daily fluctuations in pain intensity are expected."

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Previous: Standards for Diabetes Education, Support Updated Next: History of Sexual Abuse Slows Response to Bariatric Surgery

Reader comments on this article are listed below. Review our comments policy.

Submit your opinion:





Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?


Useful Sites
  Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us
Copyright © 2001-2016
Doctors Lounge.
All rights reserved.

Medical Reference:
Diseases | Symptoms
Drugs | Labs | Procedures
Software | Tutorials

Links | Humor
Forum Archive
CME | Conferences

Privacy Statement
Terms & Conditions
Editorial Board
About us | Email

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.