Chronic Pain Video

Co-designing chronic pain assessment for young people with cerebral palsy

Despite the high prevalence of pain in young people with cerebral palsy (CP), assessment using a biopsychosocial approach is not routine care. There are chronic pain assessment tools available, however many of these tools have poor feasibility for people with cognitive limitations and/or complex communication needs. This talk will outline how a CP specific assessment framework has been informed and developed with consumers and clinicians as partners. Consensus on the most meaningful and accessible tools for young people with CP regardless of their communication physical or cognitive abilities will be presented.

Nadine Smith is a physiotherapist who works in the movement program, Kids Rehab WA at Perth Children’s Hospital and a CP-Achieve PhD student. She has a special interest in children who have dyskinetic cerebral palsy and assessment of pain when children cannot self-report. Her recent research has focused on movement interventions for children to decrease pain.

Meredith Smith is a physiotherapist and a PhD student and lecturer in Physiotherapy at The University of Adelaide. Meredith works clinically with people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.