Study for Healthy Children and Teens 10 to 17 Years Old

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study, sometimes known as a clinical study, which will compare the sensation of touch in children and teens without pain with children and teens who have chronic pain, to learn about the spread of pain.

Who can participate?

Healthy children and teens 10 to 17 years old who do not have chronic pain may be eligible to participate.


  • Healthy Babies Children and Teens

What will happen in the study?

This study includes one study visit which will last about two hours. Here are some of the things that will happen in this study:

  • Your child will fill out questionnaires about themselves, their personality, and feelings.
  • He/she will have a special tool called a caliper placed gently on their skin to see if they can tell the difference between being touched in two places on their skin from being touched in one place. We will test several body sites.

Parents interested in having their child participate, as well as children and teens, will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered.

What are the good things that can happen from this research?

Although your child is not expected to receive a direct benefit from taking part in this study, we hope that the information we learn from this study will help children and teens who suffer from pain in the future.

What are the bad things that can happen from this research?

Possible risks and discomforts will be discussed with parents or guardians, as well as children and teens interested in learning more about the study.

Will you/your child be paid to be in this research study?

Participants will receive $30 for one study visit.


Contact Us.Eric Leon
Pain Research Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Study Doctor

Contact Us.Robert Coghill, PhD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center