Chronic pain is widely misunderstood and there is still a lot we need to learn about why it exists, why certain people are affected and not others, and how to treat it.
By participating in surveys and trials conducted by leading research institutions, you will help improve our body of knowledge about pain and help develop new and better treatments and management strategies.
Many research requests are online surveys and will require only a few minutes of your time. Others are clinical trials that offer the opportunity to receive treatments at no cost, which may lead to improvement in your symptoms.
While we aim to ensure that all of the surveys and trials we list are up-to-date, some may have closed early due to reaching sufficient numbers.
A psychology PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania is conducting a survey looking at pain, cognitive functioning (e.g. memory) and physical and mental health in people who use prescription-only opioid medications to manage chronic pain. Participants must live in Australia. The survey is online and will take about 15 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey participants can enter a draw to win a $50 Coles Myer voucher. The survey will run until mid 2018 is available at: https://surveys.its.utas.edu.au/index.php/842327?newtest=Y
UTS Clinical Psychology is conducting a study on the effects of mindfulness on chronic pain. The study, led by Alice Shires, is calling for individuals who have been living with chronic pain for more than three months to participate in the study.
It will find how a short mindfulness-based exposure technique alleviates the discomfort experienced by people with chronic pain in comparison to distraction, a commonly used tool in coping with pain. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Macquarie University's Centre for Emotional Health is offering a free online course to help people manage chronic pain, anxiety and depression, as part of a research trial to develop an effective evidence-based online support program. Outcomes of the first trial, published in the journal Pain, revealed significantly greater improvements in participants' reported disability, anxiety and depression, with more than 95 percent of participants reporting the Pain Course was worth their time, and they would recommend it to others. For further information call 02 9850 9464.
No cost treatment for chronic low back pain: This program of research is designed to help low back pain sufferers learn non-pharmacological techniques to reduce the disability and intensity of low back pain, as well as the associated distress. Trained professionals provide 8 low back pain management classes, at no cost, with 6-11 other individuals with low back pain.
Contact Dr Melissa Day, MA(Clin), PhD at: Phone: 33 656 421 or Email: email@example.com
The most common somatic-health complaints experienced by children and adolescents include recurring abdominal pain, gastro-intestinal symptoms, recurring headaches, chest pains, dizziness and nausea. Learn more and complete the intake form. Participants required: Children and adolescents aged 7-17 years who are experiencing recurring somatic health complaints for a minimum of 3-months. Contact: For more information, please email Associate Professor Maria Kangas firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Pip Eve or Brita List on (02) 9850 4082.
Pain @ Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is undertaking research into the role of acceptance in chronic pain, and is seeking clinicians who treat people with chronic pain to complete an online questionnaire. Greater acceptance of chronic pain is associated with less distress and disability. Pragmatically, however, the idea that one might want to be more "accepting" of chronic pain runs contrary to common sense. To examine this further, NeuRA needs 200 clinicians to answer a 10-minute questionnaire.
Study Description: This study is part of a chronic pain study. Dr Stapleton is leading the study in her role within the Faculty of Society & Design, Bond University.
What you will be asked to do: You will be asked to answer questions online about your chronic pain experience. These are anonymous and the survey is voluntary. No identifying information will be collected. Tel: +61 7 5595 4194 Fax: +61 7 5595 1120 Email: email@example.com
We are interested in your experiences and perspectives of recovery following injury in a motor vehicle crash.
Following a road traffic crash, some individuals might recover without complication, while others will experience more challenges. The Recover Injury IMPACT Study aims to understand why some people experience more challenges than others as they progress along their journey to recovery.
This project aims to investigate whether a new psychological program, completed on a computer once a week for 3 consecutive weeks, can reduce chronic pain and associated health outcomes. Participation will include completing 3 short computer-based sessions (10-20 min each, over 3 weeks at one of the QUT Brisbane campuses) and some online surveys.
The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)at the Alfred Hospital is currently seeking volunteers for a clinical trial of a non-medication investigational treatment for fibromyalgia. Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) is a painless, safe, and non-invasive means of stimulating nerve cells in the brain. We are conducting this study to see whether we can reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
This study aims at understanding the affect fear of pain and coping strategies have on patients' overall well-being. If you have persistent pain, please participate. If you know someone with persistent pain, please pass this on. It will take about 20-25 minutes. We know your time is precious and we are grateful for it should you be able to help.