Since its creation, the Abdominal Pain Program at Children's
Mercy Hospitals and Clinics has conducted many research studies to
better understand the complex interactions between
biological/physical factors, thoughts, feelings, behaviors, coping
skills, and the social environment of children/adolescents with
Through improving our knowledge in this area, we hope to advance
current treatments and improve quality of life for children and
adolescents with abdominal pain.
Our research staff includes doctors, laboratory scientists,
nurses, study coordinators and research assistants.
The Abdominal Pain Program also collaborates with faculty and
staff in several medical sections within Children's Mercy Hospital
to allow a broad view of the biological, psychological and social
factors believed to contribute to the onset and maintenance of
abdominal pain in children and adolescents.
Hundreds of children have contributed to our research so far.
Their time and energy has helped to improve the clinical services
that we are able to provide to current and future patients.
We have presented our research at many national/international
meetings and have published in professional journals. Education of
our colleagues, both locally and nationally, is a high
Published Research and