Research is the cornerstone of the Chair.
There are currently several projects that are carried out from the Chair, related to the evaluation and treatment of childhood pain. These projects have the economic support of different agents, both public and private: Grünenthal Foundation, La Caixa Social Project, Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and Rovira i Virgili University. However, it has the help and support of individuals interested in helping to achieve the objectives of the Chair, which contribute with their donations.
The projects currently underway are:
- Fibroline: a project that develops a cognitive-behavioral intervention program (TCC) for fibromyalgia in adolescents and young adults, self-administered through intelligent cellular technology. The main objective is to check if this treatment is effective in improving the quality of life of these people.
- Cognitive-behavioral treatment of chronic pain in children and adolescents: Psycho-social treatment is offered for young people with chronic pain that was developed thanks to a grant granted by the Fundación de La Marató de TV3 in the call for 2006, and which has been maintained thanks to the support of the " a research project funded by the La Caixa Foundation and the contributions of people interested in helping to improve the attention received by young people with chronic pain and their families. The treatment is based on cognitive-behavioral techniques, and aims to help reduce pain and other related problems, such as emotional distress or the interference of pain in everyday activities.
- Post-surgical pain in children and adolescents: The aim of the study is to analyze what factors may influence the maintenance of pain after surgery, beyond what you might expect. The information collected will be used to develop programs of secondary prevention of pain and disability, chronic population associated with surgical interventions.
- Neurofeedback for the treatment of chronic pain: Neurofeedback is one of the neuromodulatory treatments that has shown good results in the treatment of chronic pain in adults, but it is unknown how and how it could work in young people. This project aims to evaluate and compare the effects of different neurofeedback protocols in the intensity of pain, and other related variables, in the juvenile population with chronic pain.
- Educ@dol: The main objective of this project is to develop and contrast the effectiveness of a remote help program, administered through intelligent mobile devices, to improve the management of chronic childhood pain in the educational context.
- Red Española de Dolor Infantil (REDIN): REDIN (Ref.PSI2016-82004-REDT) is a research network on childhood pain that groups research groups and experts from different areas and specialties regarding childhood pain. The objectives of REDIN are aimed at facilitating more far-reaching studies than solo groups could achieve. In addition to a greater dissemination of the results of these searches. REDIN aims to contribute to a better understanding of the problems that persist in Spain in relation to the treatment of childhood pain, as well as placing the study of childhood pain within the priority lines of the research agencies, facilitating their internationalization.
- Paintoo: Children with severe intellectual disabilities can feel pain. However, they may be not able to verbally communicate, and therefore their assessment and measurement turns even more difficult. The main purpose of this project is to help increase the quality of life in children with severe intellectual disabilities, by helping to improve the assessment of pain. Three actions are established in order to address this aim: (1) To design and develop a mobile application that will include an education section to help users (caregivers and healthcare professionals) to learn how to assess pain in children with severe intellectual disabilities, and a reliable and valid measure to facilitate the assessment and measurement of pain in this population; (2) To test the usability of this app; (3) To examine the efficacy of this app to increase the skills of caregivers and healthcare professionals to assess pain intensity in these children.