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UCI Center on Stress & Health Awarded $6.3 million by National Institutes of Health

May 25, 2018 - UCI News

Funding will advance digital methods to alleviate pediatric surgery stress and pain. Dr. Michelle Fortier, co-director at the UCI Center on Stress & Health was awarded $3.2 million NIH grant for her research with the Pain Buddy, a web-based pain and symptom management tool for children receiving primarily outpatient cancer treatment. Dr. Zeev Kain, the center’s director, was awarded $3.1 million for his research on an interactive website, WebTIPS, for children and their families undergoing outpatient surgery. It is designed to develop personalized plans for alleviating anxiety and pain.

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Webinar: Treating Cancer Pain in Children at Home
Introducing Pain Buddy, 3D Avatar, for iPad to Help Children

December 16, 2014 - 11 a.m. PST

Pediatric pain psychologist Dr. Michelle A. Fortier will discuss what parents and children need to know about the latest interventions to identify, treat and prevent cancer pain.

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Development of a Short Version of the Modified Yale Preoperative Anxiety Scale

September 10, 2014 - AA2DAY.ORG

In this month’s edition of Anesthesia & Analgesia, Dr. Michelle A. Fortier, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California, and colleagues describe the analysis used to develop a shorter, modified version of this tool in their article titled “Development of a Short Version of the Modified Yale Preoperative Anxiety Scale.”

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Dr. Michelle Fortier taught seminar on Pain Management in Pediatric Oncology Patients

November 5, 2012 - UC Irvine Public Health

Dr. Michelle Fortier, Co-director of UCI Center on Stress & Health and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care at UC Irvine School of Medicine taught a seminar for UC Irvine Public Health Department of Population Health & Disease Prevention titled "Pain Management in Pediatric Oncology Patients".

Parents are not always equipped to manage children's pain and tend to provide suboptimal analgesia. Data was presented to describe the prevalence of pediatric cancer pain as well as barriers to adequate management of children's pain in the home setting. Interventions for pediatric pain was discussed, with a specific focus on incorporating information technology in innovative ways to engage children in their healthcare and improve cancer pain management.

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Kids suffer unnecessarily from chronic postoperative pain

October 27, 2011 - UC HEALTH

Are children suffering needlessly after surgery? UC Irvine anesthesiologists who specialize in pediatric care believe so.

An operation can be one of the most traumatic events children face, and according to a UC Irvine study, many of them experience unnecessary postsurgical pain lasting weeks or months.

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UCI's Dr. Zeev Kain Leads Study on Lessening Surgical Anxiety in Children

April 26, 2011 - OC Metro

Dr. Zeev Kain, professor and chair of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care at UC Irvine, will use a $3.2 million National Institutes of Health grant to lead a research study on reducing surgical anxiety and pain in children.

The Provider-Tailored Intervention for Perioperative Stress (P-TIPS) program's main focus is to promote positive behaviors in doctors and parents to create a calmer surgical environment for young people.

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Reducing Child’s Pain in Surgery

February 22, 2011 - New University

UC Irvine’s very own Dr. Zeev Kain has been dedicating his career to finding ways to reduce a child’s pain from surgery. With millions of dollars of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), he continues to conduct studies and publish papers that will alter the way clinicians and anesthesiologists treat children.

One topic he has researched revolves around relieving children’s anxiety before surgery and reducing their delirium after the operation.

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Dr. Fortier Secures $450,000 Grant

November 23, 2010 - UCI Health Care News

Dr. Michelle Fortier was awarded two grants that will fund research into managing pediatric and neonatal pain.

A $450,000 grant from the Hoag Foundation will fund a project titled “Treating Pain in Children with Cancer: A 21st Century Innovative Approach.” Approximately 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. each year and the majority experience significant pain throughout their illness.

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Managing Children's Anxiety Before And After Surgery

August 26, 2009 - Medical News Today

The prospect of surgery for a child is a frightening unknown for child and parent alike, and the pre-operative process that most children go through only heightens their anxiety. Research on how hospitals can minimize the anxiety and trauma children face both before and after surgery was recently published in the journal Anesthesiology.

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Making Surgery Less Scary for Kids

July 6, 2009 - UC Irvine Feature

Surgery can be traumatic for children - and their parents. But it doesn't have to be.

To guide families through the experience, Dr. Zeev Kain, chair of UC Irvine's Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, is partnering with DMA Animation -- a studio that has produced content for MTV and online games for Nickelodeon.

Funded with a two-year, $1.7 million National Institutes of Health grant, Kain's team will create and implement a unique Internet site to help parents ease children's anxiety (and their own), properly manage postsurgical pain and, ultimately, facilitate healing.

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