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An investigation of cold pressor pain in children (Part I).
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PMID:  2748189     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although the cold pressor model of pain has been used widely in laboratory studies with adults, it has been rarely used to study pain in children, likely because of obvious ethical concerns about the well-being of child participants. The goals of the present investigation were to determine (1) whether a laboratory study of this type could be conducted in a way that children would find interesting and non-threatening, and (2) whether potentially useful data could be gathered systematically within the framework of such a study. Results of a pilot study in children 6-12 years, with water temperature at 15 degrees C (n = 37) and 12 degrees C (n = 29), indicated that useful data could be obtained from this paradigm. Children's pain ratings increased with duration of arm immersion in the water and with decreasing water temperature. Most importantly, children and their parents perceived the format to be interesting and non-stressful. Continued caution and improved techniques for monitoring the well-being of child participants need to be a part of any future investigations of this type.
S LeBaron; L Zeltzer; D Fanurik
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pain     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0304-3959     ISO Abbreviation:  Pain     Publication Date:  1989 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-08-15     Completed Date:  1989-08-15     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7508686     Medline TA:  Pain     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  161-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, Alberta, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Cold Temperature*
Ethics, Medical
Informed Consent
Pain Measurement*
Pilot Projects
Time Factors
Grant Support
1 K04 CA 1268-03/CA/NCI NIH HHS; R01 CA44825/CA/NCI NIH HHS

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