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Grand Rounds: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for the Treatment of Pediatric Chronic Pain and Sleep Disorders


By Sarah Love, PsyD, Pediatric Psychologist , Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

Psychology and Psychiatry

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Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Examine the relationship between pediatric chronic pain and commonly co-occurring sleep disturbances and disorders. 2. Identify presence of sleep disturbances and disorders amongst youth with chronic pain. 3. Develop awareness of cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques utilized in the treatment of pediatric chronic pain and sleep disorders.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

Identified Gap:

Relationship between chronic pain and sleep disturbances among pediatric patients and improved therapy techniques.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour(s)

Expiration Date for CE/CME Credit:


Method of Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CE/CME credit.


Dr. Love has indicated that there are no relevant financial or other relationships with any commercial interests and that this activity was developed independent of commercial interest.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Lewin, D. S., & Dahl, R. E. (1999). Importance of sleep in the management of pediatric pain. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.