"Stop the pain" - A multicenter, randomized-controlled study of a cognitive-behavioral intervention for children with functional abdominal pain
supported by DFG
Leader: Prof. Dr. Petra Warschburger
Research: Dipl.-Psych. Claudia Calvano
Timeline: October 2013 - September 2016
Functional abdominal pain (FAP) is not only a highly prevalent disease but also poses a considerable burden on the children and their families. Untreated, FAP is highly persistent also leading to increased risk of functional gastrointestinal and psychiatric disorders in adulthood. First results show that psychosocial factors play a significant role in symptom maintenance. Intervention studies underscore the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches but are limited in terms of sample size, long-term follow-up data, comparison groups and inclusion of psychosocial outcome data. This study „Stop the pain - A multicenter, randomized-controlled study of a cognitive-behavioral intervention for children with functional abdominal pain“ intends to contribute to fill the above-mentioned research gaps. Previously we could already show that a cognitive-behavioral training program is effective compared to a waiting list control group. In total, 112 children aged 7-12 years who fulfill the Rome-III criteria for FAP are allocated to one of two training programs which differ in content. These groups will be compared with respect to the frequency and intensity of abdominal pain, quality of life and psychosocial well-being at four points of measurement: pre intervention, post intervention as well as 3- and 12 months post intervention. That way, long-term effects can be analyzed and compared.