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Observer perceptions of pain in children with cognitive impairments: Vignette development and validation

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Title: Observer perceptions of pain in children with cognitive impairments: Vignette development and validation
Author: Genik, Lara; McMurtry, Meghan; Breau, Lynn
Department: Department of Psychology
Abstract: Aims: (1) develop vignettes depicting pain in children with cognitive impairments manipulating pain source and child’s verbal ability, and (2) conduct initial validity analyses. Materials/Methods: Seventy-six undergraduate students (38 female, Mage = 19.55) responded to six vignettes by rating (0-10): (1) pain intensity, (2) how difficult it was to rate pain intensity , (3) perceived need for medical attention and (4) perceived need for other attention (e.g., physical comfort). Results: Participant ratings significantly varied by pain source (e.g., a headache was rated more painful compared to injections). Verbal ability had no impact on ratings. Conclusions: These vignettes could serve as ethical and effective alternatives for gathering information from caregivers about pain in children with CI.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/24144
Date: 2015
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Related Publications: Genik, L. McMurtry, M. Breau, L. 2015. Observer perceptions of pain in children with cognitive impairments: Vignette development and validation. Pain Managment. https://doi.org/10.2217/pmt.15.42


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