What should I expect during my first visit?
All new patients who have experienced pain longer than eight
weeks in duration are evaluated jointly by Dr. Craig Friesen (M.D.,
gastroenterologist), and Dr. Jennifer Schurman (Ph.D.,
psychologist), reflecting the importance of integration of both the
mind and body. Several nurses are also included in the
interdisciplinary team and participate in these initial
evaluations. This interdisciplinary team approach allows for a
variety of perspectives and techniques to contribute to improving
the health and functioning of the patient.
As part of your child's first visit, we will complete a detailed
history and physical exam. In addition, you and your child will be
asked to complete several questionnaires to evaluate issues related
to sleep, thoughts, feelings, behaviors, coping skills and
interactions with others that may contribute to the onset and/or
maintenance of abdominal pain. Together, the medical,
psychological, and social information gathered helps us to develop
a personalized evaluation and treatment plan for your child.
A new patient evaluation often takes two hours or more to
complete. You will leave this visit with a plan designed for
your child. This plan may involve a variety of components,
including further testing (e.g., endoscopy, lab tests), medicines,
psychological treatments focused on coping and pain management,
and/or biofeedback training. We also may refer to specialists in
other areas (e.g., therapeutic massage, physical therapy,
asthma/allergy), as needed.
Is there anything I need to do before my first
You will be asked to complete a detailed history form online
prior to your child's first appointment. Please take the time to
complete this form as accurately and completely as possible. This
information will be reviewed by our staff in preparation for your
visit and helps us to serve you most efficiently. Staff will ask
you any questions remaining at the time of your child's clinic
Child History Form
For families with a scheduled appointment in the abdominal pain clinic, please to view,
complete, and print this online history form.
What should I bring with me to my first
To help us treat your child effectively, please bring copies of
any previous test results with you to your child's evaluation
If your child has had a scope in the past, it would be
helpful for us to review the results prior to your child's first
visit to the APC. Please call the office of the
physician who did the scope and request that the pathologist send
the biopsy slides (not just the pathology report) to:
Craig Friesen, M.D.
Section of Gastroenterology
Children's Mercy Hospital
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
What about the cost?
Separate bills will be generated by Dr. Friesen and Dr. Schurman
for time spent during the initial visit. If you have questions
about billing issues related to Dr. Schurman's services, please
contact Diane Moran (816- 234-3674), Section Manager in
the Section of Developmental & Behavioral Sciences. All other
billing questions should be directed to Patient Accounts (816)