Chronic abdominal pain is a common problem that affects up to 20 percent of all school-aged children and teens. Despite how many youth struggle with abdominal pain, there is no clear agreement among medical professionals about how best to manage it. What professionals do agree on is that abdominal pain is complex and can be difficult to treat effectively.
The Abdominal Pain Program at Children’s Mercy is a unique clinical and research program devoted to the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with chronic abdominal pain.
The APP at Children’s Mercy is one of a very small number of truly integrated and collaborative programs across the nation.
In the APP, new patients are assessed by a gastroenterologist and psychologist at the same time, in the same clinic visit. We screen for a wide variety of potential biologic, psychologic, and social contributors to pediatric abdominal pain. This allows us to establish a comprehensive plan unique to each child or adolescent patient we see. At the end of the evaluation visit, families are presented with a single, integrated treatment plan that addresses the many factors contributing to their child’s pain.
When it is your child, outcomes matter. That’s why we publish ours. See
more information about parent satisfaction and patient-reported outcomes for our program.