Ashin Mehta, BS; Johanna R. Michlig, BS; Monica L. Gremillion, PhD; Kim Anderson Khan, PsyD; W. Hobart Davies, PhD; Steven J. Weisman, MD; Keri R. Hainsworth, PhD
Background: Given that enforced quarantine is associated with psychological distress, our objective was to understand factors that either helped or harmed pediatric chronic pain patients during Wisconsin’s 2020 safer-at-home quarantine.
Methods: We reviewed the electronic medical records of 145 pediatric chronic pain patients seen at the Jane B. Pettit Pain and Headache Center, Children’s Wisconsin, between April 1 and July 30, 2020.
Results: Stress and poor/disturbed lifestyle factors were primary contributors to increased pain. Over half of the sample (58.7%) reported COVID-related stressors as contributing to increased stress levels. Coping, engagement, and socialization were primary contributors to patient functioning.
Conclusions: Continued access to clinicians who can help with coping and stress management techniques is necessary for the well-being of pediatric chronic pain patients during a quarantine.