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Pain education and curriculum

Research areas

The primary objective of this sub theme is to facilitate research in the area of pain education and pain curriculum at Otago

Pain education research areas includes:

  • Pain education for patients,
  • Health professionals,
  • and the general public.

Pain curriculum research areas include:

  • Health professional curriculum: mapping and identifying the gaps in pain content, teaching and learning methods/resources and its current outcomes
  • Implementing and researching the outcomes of the revised pain curriculum in various health professional programmes including the inter-professional pain education.

Sub-theme goals and objectives

  • Obtain research funding for conducting the collaborative pain education/curriculum research
  • Development of evidence-based pain education resources for patients, teachers, health professionals and general population.
  • Engagement with stakeholders, national and international organisations/associations of pain education

Current research and activity

Sub- theme goal: Pain education and curriculum research

Pain education in pre-registration professional health courses

This research is a new collaboration between Dr's Nicola Swain, Ram Mani, and Prof Ted Shipton. 

An Investigation of Pain Content in the Curricula of Entry-level Professional Programmes at the University of Otago

2016/17 Pain@otago summer studentship Ashleigh Shipton

Pain is a global health concern, causing significant health/social problems with evidence showing that patients experiencing pain are receiving inadequate care. Knowledge of the content of pain education in pre-registration professional health courses is minimal both in the United Kingdom and internationally. This is unacceptable considering the prevalence of pain. Studies exploring the content of undergraduate curricula for pain education document pain education in curricula to be limited and fragmentary. The aim of this project is to evaluate the nature, content and learning strategies for pain curricula in entry-level professional programmes that are currently delivered in the University of Otago.

Future research

The group intend to expand the research to other undergraduate programs in New Zealand and Australia.

Sub-theme goal: Development of evidence-based pain education resources for patients, teachers, health professionals and general population

Pain education and rehabilitation for persistent shoulder pain

This area of research is led by Dr Gisela Sole.  Collaborators include: Co- researchers: Dr Meredith Perry, Dr Prasath Jayakaran, Dr Daniel Cury Ribeiro (CHARR, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago) and Dr Nicola Swain (Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago). International collaborator: Dr Craig Wassinger (Department of Physical Therapy, University of East Tennessee, USA)

This research aims to explore the use of pain education integrated into rehabilitation of patients with rotator cuff syndrome. Specific objectives include:

  • Exploring patients’ understanding and experiences of their rotator cuff-related pain
  • Determining patients’ acceptability of and perceptions of the usefulness of pain education in the management of shoulder pain.

For more about the study see the study page

Development of a depository for research resources

This is a project funded by Pain@Otago.  Read more about the project here.

Sub-theme goal: Engagement with stakeholders, national and international organisations/associations of pain education

Past events and activities:

Attendance and presentation at the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Japan, October 2016
Presentation of sub-theme objectives to local and national stakeholders at Pain@Otago Annual Seminar 2016
Attendance and presentaiton to New Zealand Pain Society (NZPS) Conference March 2017

For any stakeholders who would like to collaborate with members of the Pain Education Sub-theme please email pain@otago.ac.nz

Group members

Dr Ben Darlow (Primary Health Care and General Practice, University of Otago, Wellington)
Dr Bronwyn Thompson (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch)
Dr Gareth Treharne (Department of Psychology)
Dr Gisela Sole (School of Physiotherapy)
Dr Lee Thompson (Population Health, University of Otago, Wellington)
Dr Nicola Swain (Department of Psychological Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine)
Dr Ramakrishnan Mani (School of Physiotherapy)
Professor Ted Shipton (Department of Anaesthesia, University of Otago, Christchurch)

External links

Pain Education - Special Interest Groups – IASP: http://www.iasp-pain.org/SIG/Education
IASP world congress on pain-2016: http://www.otago.ac.nz/physio/news/otago623077.html

Contact

Pain education and curriculum sub-theme leader is Dr Ramakrishnan Mani ramakrishnan.mani@otago.ac.nz or pain@otago.ac.nz