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Bronwyn ThompsonClinical Senior Lecturer

Msc(Hons) PhD(Cant) DipOccTh(CIT)

Email bronwyn.thompson@otago.ac.nz

Bronwyn Thompson has worked in the field of pain management for most of her clinical career.

Her roles have included:

  • occupational therapy
  • pain psychology
  • vocational management
  • policy development

Bronwyn has recently completed a PhD developing a theory of living well with chronic pain.  She also holds a MSc (1st class hons) in Psychology from Canterbury University, and a Diploma in Occupational Therapy from CIT.

She teaches postgraduate papers in pain and pain management, with a particular focus on psychosocial factors, coping and resilience.

Professional interests

  • evidence-based health care
  • chronic pain
  • pain anxiety
  • coping rehabilitation

Student supervision

PhD Candidate: Bonnie Scarth
Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Lee Thompson, Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson
Topic: Perceptions of suffering, suicide, and physician-assisted suicide, within the concepts of "rationality", "autonomy" and "dignity".

Master’s Candidate: Matt Short
Supervisors: Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson, Dr Rex De Ryke
Topic: Ultrasound investigation of fascia tissue.

Master’s Candidate: Emma Fairs
Supervisors: Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson, Dr Jennifer Dunn
Topic: Post Registration Clinical Competency in The New Zealand Osteopathic Profession

2018

Master’s Candidate: Michele Burns
Supervisors: Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson
Topic: What happens when you go home: A phenomenological analysis of the period from discharge to first follow-up after knee replacement surgery

2017

Master’s Candidate: Andrew Imrie
Supervisors: Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson
Topic: Obstacles and facilitators to integrating psychosocial assessment in low back pain by New Zealand physiotherapists

2017

Master’s Candidate: Nerissa Chapman
Supervisors: Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson
Topic: Epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders in the New Zealand Armed Forces

2016/2017

Master’s Candidate: Ellise Woon
Supervisors: Dr Bronwyn Lennox Thompson
Topic: A New Zealand PHODA: A measure for identifying the perceived harmfulness of activities


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Publications

Lennox Thompson, B. (2019). After the tango in the doorway: An autoethnography of living with persistent pain. In S. van Rysewyk (Ed.), Meanings of pain (Vol. 2): Common types of pain and language. (pp. 17-35). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-24154-4_2

Bourke, J. A., Catherwood, V. J., Nunnerley, J., Martin, R. A., Levack, W. M. M., Thompson, B. L., & Acland, R. H. (2019). Using cannabis for pain management after spinal cord injury: A qualitative study. Spinal Cord Series & Cases, 5, 82. doi: 10.1038/s41394-019-0227-3

Swain, N., Lennox Thompson, B., Gallagher, S., Paddison, J., & Mercer, S. (2019). Gratitude Enhanced Mindfulness (GEM): A pilot study of an internet-delivered programme for self-management of pain and disability in people with arthritis. Journal of Positive Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2019.1627397

Bourke, J., Catherwood, V., Nunnerley, J., Martin, R., Lennox Thompson, B., & Acland, R. (2019, August). Using cannabis as a pain management strategy for people with spinal cord injury. Poster session presented at the 26th Australia New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, Australia.

Lennox Thompson, B. (2019, March). Resilience and coping with chronic pain. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Pain Society Paediatric Pain Symposium, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Other Research Output

Thompson, B. (2013, August). Abductive reasoning. Occupational Therapy Department Seminar, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

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Chapter in Book - Research

Lennox Thompson, B. (2019). After the tango in the doorway: An autoethnography of living with persistent pain. In S. van Rysewyk (Ed.), Meanings of pain (Vol. 2): Common types of pain and language. (pp. 17-35). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-24154-4_2

Lennox Thompson, B. (2016). Making sense: Regaining self-coherence. In S. van Rysewyk (Ed.), Meanings of pain. (pp. 309-324). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-49022-9_19

Lennox Thompson, B. (2016). Pain theory and models for treatment. In D. L. Thompson & M. Brooks (Eds.), Integrative pain management: Massage, movement, and mindfulness based approaches. Pencaitland, UK: Handspring.

Thompson, B. (2012). Abductive reasoning and case formulation in complex cases. In L. Robertson (Ed.), Clinical reasoning in occupational therapy: Controversies in practice. (pp. 15-30). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

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Journal - Research Article

Bourke, J. A., Catherwood, V. J., Nunnerley, J., Martin, R. A., Levack, W. M. M., Thompson, B. L., & Acland, R. H. (2019). Using cannabis for pain management after spinal cord injury: A qualitative study. Spinal Cord Series & Cases, 5, 82. doi: 10.1038/s41394-019-0227-3

Swain, N., Lennox Thompson, B., Gallagher, S., Paddison, J., & Mercer, S. (2019). Gratitude Enhanced Mindfulness (GEM): A pilot study of an internet-delivered programme for self-management of pain and disability in people with arthritis. Journal of Positive Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2019.1627397

Darlow, B., Brown, M., Thompson, B., Hudson, B., Grainger, R., McKinlay, E., & Abbott, J. H. (2018). Living with osteoarthritis is a balancing act: An exploration of patients' beliefs about. BMC Rheumatology, 2, 15. doi: 10.1186/s41927-018-0023-x

Bhana, N., Thompson, L., Alchin, J., & Thompson, B. (2015). Patient expectations for chronic pain management. Journal of Primary Health Care, 7(2), 130-136. doi: 10.1071/HC15130

Kendall, N. A. S., & Thompson, B. F. (1998). A pilot programme for dealing with the comorbidity of chronic pain and long-term unemployment. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 8, 5-26.

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Journal - Research Other

Swain, N., Parr-Brownlie, L. C., Lennox Thompson, B., Darlow, B., Mani, R., & Baxter, D. (2018). Six things you need to know about pain. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1486), 5-8. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Hudson, B., Williman, J. A., Stamp, L. K., Alchin, J. S., Hooper, G. J., Mangin, D., Thompson, B. F., & Toop, L. (2015). Nortriptyline in knee osteoarthritis (NortIKA Study): Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 16, 448. doi: 10.1186/s13063-015-0961-1

Thompson, B. (2012). Are you ready? Readiness to return to work for people living with chronic pain. Occupational Therapy Now, 14(5), 13-15.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Lennox Thompson, B. (2014). Teams in pain management. Pain News, 12(3), 176-179.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Darlow, B., Brown, M., Lennox Thompson, B., Hudson, B., Grainger, R., McKinlay, E., & Abbott, H. (2018). Living with osteoarthritis is a balancing act: An exploration of beliefs about knee pain in people with osteoarthritis. Proceedings of the Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference. (pp. 53-54). Retrieved from https://pnz.org.nz/conference

Lennox Thompson, B., & Rutledge, B. (2018). Knowledge translation: An online community of practice case study. Proceedings of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) 17th World Congress on Pain. PSN040. Retrieved from https://www.iaspworldcongressonpain.org/

Darlow, B., Brown, M., Lennox Thompson, B., Hudson, B., Abbott, J., McKinlay, E., & Grainger, R. (2017). Walking a fine line (carefully): An exploration of beliefs about knee pain in people with osteoarthritis. Internal Medicine Journal, 47(Suppl. 2), (pp. 11). doi: 10.1111/imj.13426

Darlow, B., Hudson, B., McKinlay, E., Brown, M., Thompson, B., Abbott, H., & Grainger, R. (2017). Walking a fine line (carefully): An exploration of beliefs about knee pain in people with osteoarthritis. Proceedings of the Primary Health Care and General Practice Research Weekend. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/wellington/departments/primaryhealthcaregeneralpractice/research/

Swain, N., Thompson, B., & Gallagher, S. (2016). The GEM self-management system for arthritis. Proceedings of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) 16th World Congress on Pain. PF0347. Retrieved from http://www.iasp-pain.org/Yokohama16/

Lennox Thompson, B., Gage, J., & Kirk, R. (2015). Achieving self-coherence through re-occupying self: A classical grounded theory. Proceedings of the 6th Asia-Pacific Occupational Therapy (APOTC) Congress: Doing Well Together. (pp. 162). Retrieved from http://www.cmnzl.co.nz/apotc-2015/welcome/

Lennox Thompson, B. (2015). Flexibly persisting with chronic pain. Proceedings of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science Australia & New Zealand Chapter (ANZ ACBS) Conference. (pp. 23). Retrieved from http://www.anzacbsconference.com/

Thompson, B. (2014). Pain management in the real world. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand Pain Society. Retrieved from http://www.nzps2014.org.nz/

Thompson, B. (2014). Pain, suffering and dignity. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand Pain Society. Retrieved from http://www.nzps2014.org.nz/

Thompson, B. (2013). Chronic pain: The complex patient. Proceedings of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) Conference for General Practice: Generalism: The Heart of Health Care. Retrieved from http://www.conference.co.nz/gp13/programme/programme/index#thu

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Bourke, J., Catherwood, V., Nunnerley, J., Martin, R., Lennox Thompson, B., & Acland, R. (2019, August). Using cannabis as a pain management strategy for people with spinal cord injury. Poster session presented at the 26th Australia New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, Australia.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Lennox Thompson, B. (2019, March). Resilience and coping with chronic pain. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Pain Society Paediatric Pain Symposium, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Trewin, B., & Lennox Thompson, B. (2019, March). Interprofessional teamwork: Working within and across multidisciplinary treatment teams. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Hudson, B., Williman, J. A., Stamp, L. K., Alchin, J. S., Hooper, G. J., Mangin, D., Thompson, B. F., & Toop, L. (2018, September). Nortriptyline in knee osteoarthritis (NortIKA Study): A randomised controlled trial. Verbal presentation at the General Practice and Primary Care Research Weekend, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.

Lennox Thompson, B. (2017, November). Persistent pain: What do those questionnaires mean? Using ePPOC questionnaires in daily practice. Workshop presentation at the Southern Physiotherapy Symposium 8, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Lennox Thompson, B. (2017, November). How well do physiotherapists integrate a biopsychosocial perspective in clinical reasoning? Invited presentation at the Southern Physiotherapy Symposium 8, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Sim, A., & Lennox Thompson, B. (2017, September). Integrating BPS into a clinical environment. Workshop presentation at the Osteopathy New Zealand Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Lagerman, P., & Lennox Thompson, B. (2017, March). Should occupational therapists and physiotherapists deliver graded exposure in pain management? Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Nelson, New Zealand.

Sim, A., & Lennox Thompson, B. (2017, September). Identifying the elephants in your room: Strategies for identifying and managing psychosocial factors. Verbal presentation at the Osteopathy New Zealand Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Thompson, B. (2014, September). Telephone wires of a spiderweb? Untangling the biopsychosocial model. Verbal presentation at the Osteopaths New Zealand Annual Conference: Walking & Talking Osteopathy, Taupo, New Zealand.

Darlow, B., & Thompson, B. (2014, March). How clinicians (should) influence their patients. Verbal presentation at the 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the New Zealand Pain Society, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Thompson, B. (2013, November). A bird's eye view on overseas models of pain service: New Zealand experience. Verbal presentation at the Hospital Authority Commissioned Training Programme on Pain Management: Models of Pain Service, Hong Kong.

Thompson, B. (2013, November). Reducing disability when pain intensity can't be reduced. Verbal presentation at the Hospital Authority Commissioned Training Programme on Pain Management: Models of Pain Service, Hong Kong.

Thompson, B. (2013, April). Getting on with it: A model of living well with pain. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Pain Society 38th Annual Scientific Meeting, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Thompson, B. (2013, November). Living well with pain: What we can learn from people who cope well with chronic pain. Verbal presentation at the Hospital Authority Commissioned Training Programme on Pain Management: Models of Pain Service, Hong Kong.

Thompson, B. (2012, September). Using grounded theory to explore the ways people with chronic pain live well. Plenary presentation at the New Zealand Applied Neurosciences Conference (NZANC), Auckland, New Zealand.

Thompson, B. (2012, April). Quaking in my boots: Aftershocks affecting pain management. Invited presentation at the New Zealand Pain Society 37th Annual Scientific Meeting: A Head of Pain, Wellington, New Zealand.

Thompson, B. (2007, August). Pain and function. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Lennox Thompson, B. F. (2015). Living well with chronic pain: A classical grounded theory (PhD). University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/10282

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