Survey on Sensory Processing Sensitivity in Chronic Pediatric Pain

Towards a Deeper Understanding of Chronic Pediatric Pain: Exploring the Role of Sensory Processing Sensitivity


Patrocinador principal: University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

Fuente University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Resumen breve

Background: Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience and in its chronic form, pain is highly prevalent, up to 25% of children and adolescents are affected by it. The exact etiology of many forms of chronic pain remains unknown. One mechanism that has been proposed to underlie increased pain sensitivity is central sensitization, i.e., increased efficacy of the nervous system in transmitting pain signals, which manifests itself as a lower pain threshold. A lower pain threshold in turn has been recognized as a risk factor for the development of chronic pain. Being more sensitive to pain is one feature commonly shared by those with high sensory processing sensitivity (SPS), who are thought to react more strongly to both positive and negative environmental influences. The relationship between this increased sensitivity and pain tolerance has not been studied to date, but could contribute to our understanding of why some children and adolescents are more vulnerable to developing chronic pain than others.

Objectives and Aims: The aim of this project is to increase scientific understanding of 1) the distribution and correlates of high SPS among children and adolescents suffering from chronic pain, and 2) whether the trait of SPS can help explain increased pain sensitivity and hence vulnerability for chronic pain.

Methods: To determine the distribution (aim 1a) and correlates (aim 1b) of SPS among a population of children and adolescents suffering from chronic pain, an online survey will be conducted. Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires about their SPS as well as pain history and pain characteristics. The distribution of SPS will then be compared to an existing distribution in a sample of healthy children and adolescents.

Estado general Recruiting
Fecha de inicio May 8, 2020
Fecha de Terminación August 2020
Fecha de finalización primaria August 2020
Tipo de estudio Observational
Resultado primario
Medida Periodo de tiempo
Highly Sensitive Child Scale through study completion, an average of 6 months
Functional Disability Inventory for children through study completion, an average of 6 months
Inscripción 300

Tipo de intervención: Other

Nombre de intervención: no intervention

Descripción: observational study, no intervention


Método de muestreo: Probability Sample


Inclusion Criteria:

- Adolescents aged 17-19 years

- Persistent or recurrent pain for 3 months or more

- Fluent in German or English

Exclusion Criteria:

- Younger than 17 or older than 19 years

- Acute pain

Género: All

Edad mínima: 17 Years

Edad máxima: 19 Years

Oficial general
Apellido Papel Afiliación
Helen Koechlin, PhD Principal Investigator University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Contacto general

Apellido: Helen Koechlin, PhD

Teléfono: 0041797472988

Email: [email protected]

Instalaciones: Estado: Contacto: Faculty of Psychology, University of Basel Helen Koechlin, PhD [email protected]
Ubicacion Paises


Fecha de verificación

May 2020

Fiesta responsable

Tipo: Principal Investigator

Afiliación del investigador: University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

Nombre completo del investigador: Helen Koechlin

Título del investigador: Adjunct senior researcher

Tiene acceso ampliado No
Condición Examinar
Datos del paciente Yes
Información de diseño del estudio

Modelo de observación: Cohort

Perspectiva de tiempo: Cross-Sectional