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Addressing anxiety helps youth with functional abdominal pain disorders

Key clinical point: A stepped-care approach to youth with functional abdominal pain disorders and anxiety significantly reduced both pain and anxiety.

Major finding: Patients who received stepped care had less pain than patients who received treatment as usual (P less than .05, Cohen’s D = .49).

Study details: A prospective randomized trial of 79 youth with functional abdominal pain disorders .

Disclosures: The study was funded by the American Pain Society, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and the National Institutes of Health.

Citation:

Cunningham, N., et al. APS 2019.