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The research interests of Karen E. Weiss, Ph.D., L.P., include factors that are related to disability in pediatric pain and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). Dr. Weiss is also interested in treatment outcomes of the pediatric program at Mayo Clinic's Pain Rehabilitation Center. Finally, she is investigating behavioral changes parents make during the program and how these changes might be related to changes their children make in the program.
Dr. Weiss' research suggests that acceptance of pain is an important variable to consider when conceptualizing and treating chronic pain. In one of her recently published studies, acceptance of pain was shown to be related to positive changes in overall functioning for adolescents who participated in the pediatric pain rehabilitation program. Acceptance of pain does not mean giving up. Rather, it involves letting go of trying to find a way to "fix" the pain and instead focusing on having a productive and meaningful life even if one continues to struggle with pain.
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