Heather Shearer DC MSc FCCS(c) PhD (candidate)
Program of Study: PhD, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research
Institution: University of Toronto (UofT)
Project Title: Understanding short-term pain trajectories and how they impact self-reported well-being in children and youth with cerebral palsy: A cohort study
Project Background: In children and youth with cerebral palsy (CP), pain is frequently chronic and a main risk factor for poor well-being. However, we know very little about the evolution of pain in these individuals;
in particular, we lack knowledge about daily pain fluctuations (short-term pain trajectories) and their impact on well-being. Furthering the understanding of this relationship will improve pain management for children and youth with CP and enhance well-being.
In a cohort of individuals with cerebral palsy between the ages of 8 and 18 years, attending services at two large pediatric treatment centers in Ontario, we aim to:
1) Identify short-term fluctuations in pain (pain trajectories) over a four-week time period; and
2) Determine whether pain trajectories impact self-reported physical, psychological and social well-being five weeks post-baseline measurement.
This project has been made possible by Brain Canada through the Canada Brain Research Fund, with the financial support of Health Canada.
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Internal Research Support Fund (IRSF)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award
Dr. Pierre Côté
Dr. Darcy Fehlings
Dr. Sheilah Hogg-Johnson
Dr. Patricia McKeever