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Dr Hemakumar Devan

PositionLecturer
DepartmentDepartment of Medicine (Wellington)
QualificationsBPT (Chennai) MPhty (Distn)(Otago) PhD (Otago)
Research summaryChronic pain, Self-management, Behavioural Intervention Technologies, Knowledge Translation
TeachingUndergraduate and postgraduate research supervision
Memberships

Leadership roles (Invited):

  • 2021 – current NZ representative to lead the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) – Young Pain Leaders Global Taskforce
  • 2018 – current Council member, NZ Pain Society (Lead patient advisory group establishment and social media communications)
  • 2020 – current Steering committee member, Pain@Otago Research Theme (Lead Early Career Research initiatives)
  • 2020 – current Management committee member, Division of Health Sciences, Otago Early-Mid Career Researchers’ Group (Lead Social Media and Science Communication initiatives)

Research

Dr Devan's primary research interest is to foster self-management support to empower people with persistent pain and their whānau (family and significant others).The programme has three main themes.

The first theme is a digital health programme (Pain BITS – Behavioural Intervention Technologies), to support self-management via technology, which involves co-creation of digital resources (website, apps and social media) by and for people living with persistent pain.

The second theme focuses on partnering with Māori, Pasifika and Asian communities to co-develop culturally responsive pain management services (online and in-person) to address inequities to pain management. As part of this theme, he is currently co-leading a project to develop a community-led pain support programme for Māori with pain.

The third theme aims to improve societal representations of people with pain using art-based integrated knowledge translation approaches (e.g. stories, illustrations and films).

Strategically, his goal is to address health inequities and improve health outcomes for people with persistent pain and their whānau.

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

Burns, F., Calder, A., & Devan, H. (2022). Experiences of individuals with multiple sclerosis and stroke using transcutaneous foot drop electrical stimulators: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2022.2076936

Betteridge, S., Cadogan, A., & Devan, H. (2022). Subacromial bursitis and shoulder pain: Exploring the predictors for a negative anaesthetic response. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 50(1), 21-32. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/50.1.03

Perry, M. A., Devan, H., Davies, C., Hempel, D., Ingham, T., Jones, B., … Hale, L. (2022). iSelf-help: A co-designed, culturally appropriate, online pain management programme in Aotearoa. Research Involvement & Engagement, 8, 6. doi: 10.1186/s40900-022-00339-9

Fernandes, L. G., Devan, H., Fioratti, I., Kamper, S. J., Williams, C. M., & Saragiotto, B. T. (2022). At my own pace, space, and place: A systematic review of qualitative studies of enablers and barriers to telehealth interventions for people with chronic pain. Pain, 163(2), e165-e181. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002364

Devan, H., Perry, M. A., Yaghoubi, M., & Hale, L. (2021). "A coalition of the willing": Experiences of co-designing an online pain management programme (iSelf-help) for people with persistent pain. Research Involvement & Engagement, 7, 28. doi: 10.1186/s40900-021-00275-0

Betteridge, S., Cadogan, A., & Devan, H. (2022). Subacromial bursitis and shoulder pain: Exploring the predictors for a negative anaesthetic response. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 50(1), 21-32. doi: 10.15619/NZJP/50.1.03

Journal - Research Article

Burns, F., Calder, A., & Devan, H. (2022). Experiences of individuals with multiple sclerosis and stroke using transcutaneous foot drop electrical stimulators: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2022.2076936

Journal - Research Article

Fernandes, L. G., Devan, H., Fioratti, I., Kamper, S. J., Williams, C. M., & Saragiotto, B. T. (2022). At my own pace, space, and place: A systematic review of qualitative studies of enablers and barriers to telehealth interventions for people with chronic pain. Pain, 163(2), e165-e181. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002364

Journal - Research Article

Perry, M. A., Devan, H., Davies, C., Hempel, D., Ingham, T., Jones, B., … Hale, L. (2022). iSelf-help: A co-designed, culturally appropriate, online pain management programme in Aotearoa. Research Involvement & Engagement, 8, 6. doi: 10.1186/s40900-022-00339-9

Journal - Research Article

Areli, E., Godfrey, H. K., Perry, M. A., Hempel, D., Saipe, B., Grainger, R., Hale, L., & Devan, H. (2021). ‘I think there is nothing . . . that is really comprehensive’: Healthcare professionals’ views on recommending online resources for pain self-management. British Journal of Pain, 15(4), 429-440. doi: 10.1177/2049463720978264

Journal - Research Article

Devan, H., Elphick-Iaveta, T., Lynch, M., MacDonell, K., Marshall, D., Tuhi, L., & Grainger, R. (2021). “Power of storytelling”: A content analysis of chronic pain narratives on YouTube. Canadian Journal of Pain / Revue canadienne de la douleur. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/24740527.2021.1929117

Journal - Research Article

Devan, H., Jones, B., Davies, C., Perry, M., Hale, L., Grainger, R., & Ingham, T. (2021). Are we just dishing out pills constantly to mask their pain? Kaiāwhina Māori health workers' perspectives on pain management for Māori. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1543), 19-29. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Devan, H., Perry, M. A., Yaghoubi, M., & Hale, L. (2021). "A coalition of the willing": Experiences of co-designing an online pain management programme (iSelf-help) for people with persistent pain. Research Involvement & Engagement, 7, 28. doi: 10.1186/s40900-021-00275-0

Journal - Research Article

Perry, M., Cotes, L., Horton, B., Kunac, R., Snell, I., Taylor, B., Wright, A., & Devan, H. (2021). "Enticing" but not necessarily a "space designed for me": Experiences of urban park use by older adults with disability. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 18, 552. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18020552

Journal - Research Article

Aikman, K., Burtt, L., de Ronde, O., Lim, D. K. W., Stratton, P., Wong, H., Grainger, R., & Devan, H. (2020). Mass media campaigns for chronic pain: A scoping review to inform design of future campaigns. Physical Therapy Reviews, 25(5-6), 331-349. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1832711

Journal - Research Article

Devan, H., Young, J., Avery, C., Elder, L., Khasyanova, Y., Manning, D., Scrimgeour, M., & Grainger, R. (2020). Media representation of chronic pain in Aotearoa New Zealand: A content analysis of news media. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1508), 92-110. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Regan, R., Kovanur Sampath, K., Devan, H., & Arumugam, A. (2020). Effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions on disease-specific and generic outcomes for individuals with cardiovascular diseases in India: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Physical Therapy Reviews, 25(3), 159-174. doi: 10.1080/10833196.2020.1792204

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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 & Orthotics, 29(3), 121-129. doi: 10.1097/JPO.0000000000000137

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Hale, L., Devan, H., Davies, C., Dean, S. G., Dowell, T., Grainger, R., Gray, A. R., … Ingham, T., Jones, B., Leung, W., Mills, J., … Shipton, E., & Perry, M. (2021). Clinical and cost-effectiveness of an online-delivered group-based pain management programme in improving pain-related disability for people with persistent pain: Protocol for a non-inferiority randomised controlled trial (iSelf-help trial). BMJ Open, 11(2), e046376. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046376

Journal - Research Other

Kovanur Sampath, K., Darlow, B., Tumilty, S., Shillito, W., Hanses, M., Devan, H., & Thomson, O. P. (2021). Barriers and facilitators experienced by osteopaths in implementing a biopsychosocial (BPS) framework of care when managing people with musculoskeletal pain: A mixed methods systematic review. BMC Health Services Research, 21(1), 695. doi: 10.1186/s12913-021-06720-w

Journal - Research Other

Lim, W. S., Sharma, S., & Devan, H. (2021). Physiotherapists’ attitudes towards and challenges of working in a referral-based practice setting: A systematic scoping review. European Journal of Physiotherapy, 23(6), 332-343. doi: 10.1080/21679169.2020.1739748

Journal - Research Other

Fernandes, L. G., Devan, H., Kamper, S. J., Williams, C. M., & Saragiotto, B. T. (2020). Enablers and barriers of people with chronic musculoskeletal pain for engaging in telehealth interventions: Protocol for a qualitative systematic review and meta-synthesis. Systematic Reviews, 9, 122. doi: 10.1186/s13643-020-01390-x

Journal - Research Other

Grainger, R., Devan, H., Sangelaji, B., & Hay-Smith, J. (2020). Issues in reporting of systematic review methods in health app-focused reviews: A scoping review. Health Informatics Journal, 26(4), 2930-2945. doi: 10.1177/1460458220952917

Journal - Research Other

Karos, K., McParland, J. L., Bunzli, S., Devan, H., Hirsh, A., Kapos, F. P., … Ashton-James, C. E. (2020). The social threats of COVID-19 for people with chronic pain. Pain, 161(10), 2229-2235. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002004

Journal - Research Other

Kovanur Sampath, K., Darlow, B., Tumilty, S., Shillito, W., Hanses, M., Devan, H., & Thomson, O. P. (2020). Barriers and facilitators experienced by osteopaths in implementing a biopsychosocial (BPS) framework of care when managing people with musculoskeletal pain: A mixed methods systematic review protocol. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 35, 41-45. doi: 10.1016/j.ijosm.2020.01.001

Journal - Research Other

Yoshikawa, K., Brady, B., Perry, M. A., & Devan, H. (2020). Sociocultural factors influencing physiotherapy management in culturally and linguistically diverse people with persistent pain: A scoping review. Physiotherapy, 107, 292-305. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2019.08.002

Journal - Research Other

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, 38, 96-105. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2019.04.018

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Other

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, 102, 1590-1601. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2019.04.009

Journal - Research Other

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, 11(6), 395-410. doi: 10.1177/1758573219840673

Journal - Research Other

Saitta, M., Devan, H., Boland, P., & Perry, M. A. (2019). Park-based physical activity interventions for persons with disabilities: A mixed-methods systematic review. Disability & Health Journal, 12, 11-23. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2018.07.006

Journal - Research Other

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