Multidimensional assessment using the adolescent pediatric pain tool: a case report

J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2005 Jul-Sep;10(3):115-23. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2005.00023.x.


Purpose: Children's and adolescents' pain experiences are complex and multidimensional. Therefore, assessing a single dimension of pain intensity is in many instances inadequate. The purpose of this case report is to illustrate the benefits of using a multidimensional pain tool to assess vaso-occlusive pain in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease.

Conclusions: The adolescent pediatric pain tool (APPT) provides a valid multidimensional pain assessment that facilitates individual pain assessments that optimize children's and adolescents' pain relief interventions and outcomes.

Practice implications: The APPT is particularly valuable when clinicians encounter children and adolescents experiencing complex, difficult to manage pain.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anemia, Sickle Cell / physiopathology*
  • Anemia, Sickle Cell / psychology*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pain / physiopathology
  • Pain / psychology
  • Pain Management
  • Pain Measurement / methods*