Tuesday, September 20th
10:45am-12:15pm EDT


Topical Workshop


Pain in Special Populations


717 A/B

Quantitative and Behavioral Approaches to Pain Assessment in IDD

The presentation will provide an in depth review of the state of the science with respect to pain assessment issues and quantitative sensory testing approaches for clinical populations characterized by intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD). Individuals living with IDD often have complex communication needs and myriad chronic health problems that make it difficult to accurately assess pain (including non-verbal individuals). Our understanding of underlying somatosensory mechanisms and function is extremely limited. This session will provide data-based analyses of approaches and outcomes based on integrating quantitative sensory testing into pain assessment approaches with clinical samples with IDD (including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and Rett syndrome). Issues related to measurement and QST approach (method of levels, method of limits) will be described and discussed in detail including a 'lessons learned' and recommendations for future research to improve our understanding of sensory mechanisms in relation to pain in IDD; a population not routinely considered in contemporary discussions focused on precision-based medicine and tailored pain treatment.


Professor Frank Symons

Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education + Human Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis