Pain Study Interest Group (P-SIG)
One of the most controversial and less understood concepts within medicine and health is pain, yet it is a concept that describes a familiar human experience. Current estimates showed that almost 8 million adults in the UK suffer long lasting (chronic) pain. The current cost of pain for the UK economy is noted to be greater than most other health conditions (Philip, 2009) and is placed around £10 billion per annum (Fayz, Croft, Langford, Donaldson and Jones, 2016; British Pain Society, 2018). Pain is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage” (IASP, 1979; p250). The definition indicated the complex and multifaceted nature of pain, with its physical, sensory, emotional, cognitive and social components (Williams and Craig, 2017). This also indicates the need for a multidisciplinary approach to its treatment and/or management. The Pain Study Interest Group was created in 2016 to respond to the need for more research into the causes, management and prevention of chronic pain and to discover how people suffering for pain could be helped better. Our group consists of Psychologists (4), Orthopedic Surgeon (1), Anaesthesist (Pain Specialist) (1), Pharmacist (1), Biomedical Scientist (1), Medical Statistician (1), Gynaecologist and Obstetrician (1), a Linguist and Pain Nurses (2) .
This group has generated significant interest across the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing. To date, we have organised 3 well-attended seminars, delivered by faculty members and guests from the NHS pain management programmes. Previous speakers included a Clinical Psychologist, an Orthopedic Surgeon and Physiotherapist who are all specialist in pain managements. We have also hosted a pain research professor from Norway who delivered an interesting lecture titled “The placebo and nocebo effects, same or different”. Colleagues from within the University of Wolverhampton have engaged with and presented during these seminars. Attendees at these seminars have been drawn from the University community, service users, the public as well as General practitioners. Participants provided positive feedback about the events.
Objectives of this group include:
1. To design and conduct world class research that will provide understanding of factors that could promote pain relief for individuals experiencing pain as well as factors that contributes to the transition from acute pain to chronic pain in order to aid its prevention.
2. To design and conduct research that will contribute to Research Excellence Framework.
3. To disseminate research and evidence-based information through conferences, seminars and design of Continuous Development Programmes (CPD).