Predictors of abdominal pain in schoolchildren: a 4-year population-based prospective study.

  title={Predictors of abdominal pain in schoolchildren: a 4-year population-based prospective study.},
  author={Ashraf El-Metwally and S Halder and Denis Thompson and G J Macfarlane and Gareth T. Jones},
  journal={Archives of disease in childhood},
  volume={92 12},
BACKGROUND Chronic abdominal pain (CAP) is common among schoolchildren, but risk factors for its onset are still largely unknown. AIMS To determine the frequency of onset of CAP in schoolchildren and investigate risk factors for its development. METHODS 1411 schoolchildren aged 11-14 years were recruited from schools in North West England. Information was collected on recent pain symptoms and potential risk factors for developing CAP. Participants were followed up 1 and 4 years later and… CONTINUE READING
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