From 2004 to 2010, the number of pediatric patients with a diagnoses of chronic pain has risen by 831%, from 143 admissions to 1188. The average patient for a diagnosis of chronic pain is a 14 year-old girl suffering from abdominal or musculoskeletal pain and headaches, as well as depression and anxiety, and the ratio of female to male patients was 2.41 to 1. Over 12% of all patients were readmitted within a year of their initial discharge.
The study documents for the first time that readmission rates are substantial, and that many minors undergo invasive procedures for diagnosis or treatment.
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