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Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program Earns CARF Accreditation

The Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and it is the first and only pediatric program of its kind internationally to receive this designation related to quality and outcomes.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services and reviews facilities in 20,000 locations in 17 countries globally. The designation indicates the Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program conforms to rigorous and internationally-recognized quality standards and maintains a commitment to improvement that results in enhanced patient outcomes. CARF conducts annual reviews and on-site surveys to measure adherence to quality standards.

The Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program led by Gerard Banez, PhD, and Doug Henry, MD, treats children and adolescents with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), headache, fibromyalgia, abdominal pain and other chronic pain conditions that interfere with daily living. Program staff include pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, psychiatrists, hospitalists, nurses, psychologists and counselors, a social worker, physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreation therapists and a teacher.

The two-part, three-week program includes an inpatient and day hospital component. Patients completing the program in 2009 reported clinically significant improvements in self-reported pain severity, physical functioning, pain-specific anxiety and social functioning.

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation has maintained CARF accreditation for its pediatric family-centered inpatient program since 2002 and will now add the pain rehabilitation program to the certification.