Pain Assessment Study

Principal Investigator: Carissa Cascio, Ph.D.

Other researchers: Michelle Failla, PhD


Pain is a subjective experience, and as such, self-report is considered the clinical "gold standard" for pain assessment. Reliance on self-report is problematic for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In fact, 71% of surveyed physicians believe that pain is under-treated in children with cognitive impairment. This study further noted that challenges in assessing pain and lack of provider education are the two biggest obstacles to appropriate pain management (Malviya et al., 2005).

This study aims to expand our understanding of medical care professionals' pain assessment of children with IDD, by assessing provider bias in pain assessment of those with IDD.

The purpose of the study is to learn more about how medical care providers assess pain in different people.

Research Procedures:
In this study, you will first be asked to provide some details regarding your professional background. If you qualify, you will then be asked to take an online survey about assessing pain in different individuals. In this survey, you will watch short videos of 10 different individuals. After completion of that survey, you will also be asked to fill out a demographics form with information about your own demographics and your professional history. We estimate that completing these surveys will take 30 minutes.

Participant Criteria

Medical professionals in good standing with more than 1 year of training.


For completion of this study, you will receive a $25 Amazon e-Gift card.

Last Updated: Thursday, January 05, 2023

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