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Theme members attend the IASP World Congress

Thursday, 29 September 2016 11:12am

IASP conferenceThe World Congress on Pain is the premier conference devoted to pain research and treatment. In 2016, the world’s top researchers and clinicians meet in Yokohama, Japan. 

Pain@Otago Director, Prof Ted Shipton, attended the event along with Deputy Director Dr Ram Mani, and Steering Group Member Dr Nicola Swain.

Nicola Swain presented a poster entitled 'The GEM self-management system for Arthritis'
Co-authored by Thompson, B., Gallagher, S., Paddison, S. and Mercer, S. 

This project aims to test the GEM (Gratitude Enhanced Mindfulness) programme for people who have arthritis. GEM is a four week online self-guided programme. Early testing has found it to be helpful and likeable, but no large scale outcome data has been collected. It is expected that the programme will reduce pain and distress in people suffering from arthritis. The aim is to provide clinicians with treatment options for more psychological approaches. This could also be offered directly to people with arthritis as a self-management tool.

Ram Mani presented two papers:

'Imparting the IASP Pain Curriculum to Physiotherapists and Physiotherapy Post graduates through Distance Mode: A Study of Impact on Knowledge Attitudes and Beliefs about Pain'
Authors: R. Mani, F. Engheepi, S. Gupta, K. Raja.
Institutions: University of Otago, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, Sikkim Manipal University, Sikkim, India, JSS College of Physiotherapy, Mysore, Karnataka, India
Funding support: IASP Developing Countries Project Grant: Initiative for Improving Pain Education (2015-2016)

Summary: Distance mode pain course based on IASP pain curricula had resulted in increasing the modern neuroscience-based pain neurophysiology knowledge among physiotherapists and positive perceptions on conceptualising of the chronic pain and impairment relationships, particularly an increased functional expectations in chronic pain patients.

'Pain Neurophysiology Knowledge, and Pain Attitudes and Beliefs, and Pain-Impairment Relationships among Undergraduate Physiotherapy Students: A Cross-sectional Investigation'
Author: R. Mani
Institution: School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Summary: Integrated undergraduate physiotherapy pain curricula has positive impact on
perceptions towards conceptualising the chronic pain and impairment relationships. The study findings
highlights the need for inclusion of modern pain neuroscience content in the integrated physiotherapy
curriculum. In addition, integration of IASP curriculum on pain for physical therapy within the Otago UG physiotherapy programme and to develop pathways for implementing the IASP inter-professional pain curriculum (where appropriate) within Otago are required.