Assessment of sickle cell pain in children and young adults using the adolescent pediatric pain tool

J Pain Symptom Manage. 2002 Feb;23(2):114-20. doi: 10.1016/s0885-3924(01)00407-9.


The objectives of this study were to describe and compare the characteristics of pain experienced by children and young adults with sickle cell disease (SCD) in inpatient and outpatient settings. The Adolescent Pediatric Pain Tool (APPT), a multidimensional self-report pain assessment, was completed by African American children and young adults (mean age 15.39 +/- 4.32) with SCD during a clinic visit (n = 52), day hospital visit (n = 29), or during the first 24 hours of an inpatient stay (n = 72). Multiple linear regression revealed that pain intensity, number of body areas with pain, and the quality of pain were related to age, sex, and care setting. Pain intensity, location, and quality were of greater magnitude than previous reports of early postoperative pain in children. Examining the specific dimensions of pain intensity, location, and quality and the influencing factors of age, sex, and care setting may lead to more effective treatments for SCD pain.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anemia, Sickle Cell / complications*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inpatients
  • Male
  • Outpatients
  • Pain / etiology*
  • Pain Measurement*