Applying a Lifespan Developmental Perspective to Chronic Pain: Pediatrics to Geriatrics.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

UNLABELLED: An ideal taxonomy of chronic pain would be applicable to people of all ages. Developmental sciences focus on lifespan developmental approaches, and view the trajectory of processes in the life course from birth to death. In this article we provide a review of lifespan developmental models, describe normal developmental processes that affect pain processing, and identify deviations from those processes that lead to stable individual differences of clinical interest, specifically the development of chronic pain syndromes. The goals of this review were 1) to unify what are currently separate purviews of "pediatric pain," "adult pain," and "geriatric pain," and 2) to generate models so that specific elements of the chronic pain taxonomy might include important developmental considerations. PERSPECTIVE: A lifespan developmental model is applied to the forthcoming Analgesic, Anesthetic, and Addiction Clinical Trial Translations, Innovations, Opportunities, and Networks-American Pain Society Pain Taxonomy to ascertain the degree to which general "adult" descriptions apply to pediatric and geriatric populations, or if age- or development-related considerations need to be invoked.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Walco, GA; Krane, EJ; Schmader, KE; Weiner, DK

Published Date

  • September 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 9 Suppl

Start / End Page

  • T108 - T117

PubMed ID

  • 27586828

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27586828

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1528-8447

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jpain.2015.11.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States