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Dr Hem Devan

PositionPostdoctoral Fellow
QualificationsBPT (Chennai), MPhty (Distn.) (Otago), PhD (Otago)
Research summaryChronic pain, People with Disability, Rehabilitation, Self-management, Behavioural Intervention Technologies
TeachingUndergraduate and postgraduate research supervision
Memberships
  • International Association for the Study of Pain
  • Pain and Movement, Special Interest Group
  • Council Member, Social media, New Zealand Pain Society
  • Pain at Otago research theme
  • Health Informatics New Zealand
  • Centre for Health Systems and Technology theme

Research

Dr Devan is conducting research with an interest in two main themes.

The first theme focuses on understanding the biopsychosocial and cultural factors underpinning persistent pain. He is particularly interested in co-creating and evaluating behavioural intervention technologies e.g. websites/mobile apps/online-delivered treatments that are culturally appropriate to facilitate self-management in people living with long-term conditions including persistent pain (PainBITS). This programme of work has the potential to empower patients to make informed decisions as well as inform clinicians to recommend and integrate behavioural intervention technologies in clinical practice.

The second theme is aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people with disability.

His PhD work investigated the mechanical and non-mechanical factors influencing persistent back pain in people with leg-amputations.Dr Devan is currently involved as a co-investigator in multidisciplinary projects focusing on improving accessibility and park-based physical activity for people of all ages and abilities (PARCS) and developing care pathways for people using non-invasive ventilation.

Additional details

Regular reviewer for:
  • Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics International
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Journal of Medical and Internet Research
  • Physical Therapy Reviews
  • New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy

Publications

Devan, H., Godfrey, H. K., Perry, M. A., Hempel, D., Saipe, B., Hale, L., & Grainger, R. (2019). Current practices of health care providers in recommending online resources for chronic pain self-management. Journal of Pain Research, 12, 2457-2472. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S206539

Devan, H., Perry, M. A., van Hattem, A., Thurlow, G., Shepherd, S., Muchemwa, C., & Grainger, R. (2019). Do pain management websites foster self-management support for people with persistent pain? A scoping review. Patient Education & Counseling. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2019.04.009

Devan, H., Farmery, D., Peebles, L., & Grainger, R. (2019). Evaluation of self-management support functions in apps for people with persistent pain: Systematic review. JMIR mHealth & uHealth, 7(2), e13080. doi: 10.2196/13080

Yoshikawa, K., Brady, B., Perry, M. A., & Devan, H. (2019). Sociocultural factors influencing physiotherapy management in culturally and linguistically diverse people with persistent pain: A scoping review. Physiotherapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2019.08.002

Journal - Research Article

Devan, H., Godfrey, H. K., Perry, M. A., Hempel, D., Saipe, B., Hale, L., & Grainger, R. (2019). Current practices of health care providers in recommending online resources for chronic pain self-management. Journal of Pain Research, 12, 2457-2472. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S206539

Kanagasabai, P., Mulligan, H., Devan, H., Mirfin-Veitch, B., & Hale, L. (2019). Environmental factors influencing leisure participation of children with movement impairments in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A mixed method study. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 47(2), 105-117. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/47.2.05

Devan, H., Hale, L., Hempel, D., Saipe, B., & Perry, M. A. (2018). What works and does not work in a self-management intervention for people with chronic pain? Qualitative systematic review and meta-synthesis. Physical Therapy, 98(5), 381-397. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzy029

Perry, M. A., Devan, H., Fitzgerald, H., Han, K., Liu, L.-T., & Rouse, J. (2018). Accessibility and usability of parks and playgrounds. Disability & Health Journal, 11(2), 221-229. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.08.011

Devan, H., Hendrick, P., Hale, L., Carman, A., Dillon, M. P., & Ribeiro, D. C. (2017). Exploring factors influencing low back pain in people with non-dysvascular lower limb amputation: A national survey. PM&R, 9(10), 949-959. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2017.02.004

Devan, H., Dillon, M. P., Carman, A. B., Hendrick, P., Hale, L., Boocock, M., & Ribeiro, D. C. (2017). Spinal and pelvic kinematics during gait in people with lower-limb amputation, with and without low back pain: An exploratory study. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 29(3), 121-129. doi: 10.1097/JPO.0000000000000137

Hoermann, S., Ferreira dos Santos, L., Morkisch, N., Jettkowski, K., Sillis, M., Devan, H., Kanagasabai, P. S., … Regenbrecht, H., Hale, L., & Cutfield, N. J. (2017). Computerised mirror therapy with Augmented Reflection Technology for early stroke rehabilitation: Clinical feasibility and integration as an adjunct therapy. Disability & Rehabilitation, 39(15), 1503-1514. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1291765

Perry, M., Dean, S., & Devan, H. (2016). The relationship between chronic low back pain and fatigue: A systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews, 21(3-6), 173-183. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2016.1264665

Devan, H., Carman, A. B., Hendrick, P. A., Ribeiro, D. C., & Hale, L. A. (2015). Perceptions of low back pain in people with lower limb amputation: A focus group study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 37(10), 873-883. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.946158

Devan, H., Carman, A., Hendrick, P., Hale, L., & Ribeiro, D. C. (2015). Spinal, pelvic, and hip movement asymmetries in people with lower-limb amputation: Systematic review. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 52(1), 1-20. doi: 10.1682/JRRD.2014.05.0135

Devan, H., Hendrick, P., Ribeiro, D. C., Hale, L. A., & Carman, A. (2013). Asymmetrical movements of the lumbopelvic region: Is this a potential mechanism for low back pain in people with lower limb amputation? Medical Hypotheses, 82(1), 77-85. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2013.11.012

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Journal - Research Other

Yoshikawa, K., Brady, B., Perry, M. A., & Devan, H. (2019). Sociocultural factors influencing physiotherapy management in culturally and linguistically diverse people with persistent pain: A scoping review. Physiotherapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2019.08.002

Farrell, G., Watson, L., & Devan, H. (2019). Current evidence for nonpharmacological interventions and criteria for surgical management of persistent acromioclavicular joint osteoarthritis: A systematic review. Shoulder & Elbow. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1758573219840673

Annear, A., Sole, G., & Devan, H. (2019). What are the current practices of sports physiotherapists in integrating psychological strategies during athletes’ return-to-play rehabilitation? Mixed methods systematic review. Physical Therapy in Sport. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.04.018

Devan, H., Perry, M. A., van Hattem, A., Thurlow, G., Shepherd, S., Muchemwa, C., & Grainger, R. (2019). Do pain management websites foster self-management support for people with persistent pain? A scoping review. Patient Education & Counseling. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2019.04.009

Devan, H., Farmery, D., Peebles, L., & Grainger, R. (2019). Evaluation of self-management support functions in apps for people with persistent pain: Systematic review. JMIR mHealth & uHealth, 7(2), e13080. doi: 10.2196/13080

Saitta, M., Devan, H., Boland, P., & Perry, M. A. (2018). Park-based physical activity interventions for persons with disabilities: A mixed-methods systematic review. Disability & Health Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.07.006

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