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Dr Hemakumar Devan

PositionResearch Fellow
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

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

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, 102, 1590-1601. 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

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

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

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. (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

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

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

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

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

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