How effective are psychosocial interventions for recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) in school-age children?
The included trials were small, with methodological weaknesses, and a number failed to give appropriate detail regarding numbers of children assessed. Lack of important data and/or clinical differences in either intervention or control groups prevented combining the studies statistically. There were no trials of other psychosocial interventions.
Between 4% and 25% of school-age children complain of RAP of sufficient severity to interfere with daily activities. For the majority of such children, no organic cause for their pain can be found on physical examination or investigation.