Chronic Pain Australia are happy to support research that contributes to a greater understanding of the experience of living with chronic pain. This page is to present the opportunities that are available for people in pain to participate. All studies advertised here have been reviewed and passed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee. Please let us know about your experiences if you are a participant in any of the studies that come this way.

Researchers: If your research project is reviewed and meets our research subcommittee approval criteria for advertisement and promotion by Chronic Pain Australia, we would be more than happy to support your work as we believe in connecting our chronic pain community to valuable research. We will publish your research on our website as well as share it with our social media community (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn) which has over 24k followers and a very engaging community of members. 

Firstly, we require you to fill out this form detailing all relevant particulars about your research project, including ethics approvals. Once this form is filled out and completed, please return it and any relevant attachments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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 Research participation opportunities: 


Chronic Conditions and Wellbeing in Young People - recruitment ending 31 August 

To access the online study and get involved, click here. 

Brief description of the study: In this project, we want to find out more are about the well-being of teens and young adults with chronic physical conditions. You will be asked to complete an online survey which contains a number of questions about how you think and feel. The survey will take 20 to 30 minutes to complete and you will receive a $10 voucher to either JBHifi or Big W (your choice).

Participant selection criteria: 
This study is open to Australian residents, aged 16-25 years, who have been diagnosed with a chronic physical llness. If you meet the criteria and want to take part in this study, please follow the link!

Potential benefits for people with chronic pain: It is our hope that our research will contribute to understanding how to promote wellbeing in young people living with chronic illness, including chronic pain.

Renumeration for participants: Respondents receive a $10 voucher for completing the survey.

Research Team Contact Details: 

Rebecca Sampson, Undergraduate Psychology Student (Honours) at Curtin University (WA) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Under the supervision of Professor Clare Rees (Curtin) and Dr Amy Finalay-Jones (Telethon Kids Institute).

This project has been reviewed and approved by University of Western Australia Human Research Ethics Committee
approval number RA/4/20/5896. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee. 

Wellbeing in Youth Chronic Illness study information


Study: Investigating the Impact of Desensitisation of Pain-Related memories on Self-efficacy in People with Chronic Pain - recruitment ending August 2020 

Brief description of the study:
We are conducting a research project that will be exploring how a visualization task impacts pain memories and self-efficacy to accomplish daily activities despite living with chronic pain

To access the online study and get involved, click here.

Participant selection criteria: 
Adults aged 18 years and over who are currently living with chronic pain that has been present for 3 months or more are invited to participate in this research project. Due to possible negative effects, those who are pregnant or have epilepsy are not able to participate.

Remuneration for participants:
On completion of the survey, participants residing within Australia will be provided an option to enter a draw for one of three $50 Coles vouchers.

Research Team Contact Details:
- Chief Investigator, Andrew Allen, Associate Lecturer - Clinical Psychology, School of Social Sciences,
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
- Student Investigator, Ms Paula Bessems, Bachelors of Social Science (psychology) (honours)
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)

This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of the Sunshine Coast Human Research Ethics Committee approved (ID: S201413) 13/05/2020. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee. 

Investigating the Impact of Desensitisation of Pain-Related memories on Self-efficacy in People with Chronic Pain


MEDICINE USE FOLLOWING A ROAD TRAFFIC CRASH -  study recruitment ending September 2020

Have you recently experienced neck or back pain following a road traffic crash?

We need your input for a research study about people’s experiences of using medicines after a road traffic crash. Participate by telephone from home!

Aim: To explore people’s experiences of medicine use for a neck or lower back soft tissue injury incurred following a road traffic crash.

Full study name: Understanding patients’ perspectives on medicine use for neck and lower back soft tissue injury following a road traffic crash

Brief description of the study:
Over many years, researchers at RECOVER Injury Research Centre at the University of Queensland have been working to better understand pain and disability associated with neck and back injuries following a road traffic crash. One area that has not been studied extensively is patient experiences of pain management treatments.

The aim of this study is to explore your experience with pain management and how medication may have been used to treat your injury. We would like to hear about treatments that were offered to you, medications that you used, and your understanding of that medication. We would also like to find out about your attitudes to medication for pain, and any information you remember that was provided by your doctor, nursing staff and/or pharmacist about that medication. Additionally, we will ask some general questions about you (eg age, first language etc).

The best way to gather this information is through talking with you directly during a one-on-one interview. The data gathered from these interviews will allow us to better understand peoples’ experiences of the treatment they received for their road traffic crash injury. Gaining a more in-depth understanding of people’s experiences will provide us with information needed to help us guide the development of other options to treat pain, such as yours, and the most effective ways these options might be discussed with patients such as yourself.

Participant selection criteria:
• All participants need to be 18 – 65 years old
• Experienced neck or back pain as a result of a road traffic crash that occurred within the past 12 weeks
• Visited a GP OR attended an ED but were not admitted for this neck or back injury
• Used a prescription or over-the-counter medicine for this neck or back injury, and
• Are fluent in English
Individuals are not eligible to participate if another, more serious, injury such as a broken bone was experienced in the road traffic crash; or if they have had neck or back pain for longer than three months.

Remuneration for participants: 
$20 gift vouchers will be offered to thank participants for their time. 

What is involved:
A phone interview for up to 40 minutes, at a time convenient to you. Everything you say will be completely confidential and anonymous.

How can I volunteer or find out more: 
People interested in participating or learning more about the study can contact Ms. Sarah Robins, Research Assistant, on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07 3346 4812 or Dr. Jane Nikles on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0408 599 033

Link for more information: http://bit.ly/2w4I4hX

The participant information sheet can be found here

Researcher:
Assoc Prof Jane Nikles (MBBS Ph.D.), The University of Queensland
Jane Nikles on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0408 599 033

This project has been reviewed and approved by The University of Queensland HREC approval (ID: #2020000195) 13/02/2020. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee.

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Meaningfulness and well-being in the rehabilitation of people with chronic pain - recruitment ending 30 September 2020

Brief description of the study:
Chronic pain represents a considerable burden and often disrupts meaningful aspects of life. Literature supports the view that restoring personally meaningful experiences may contribute to a sense of well-being and quality of life. 
The overall aim of this Ph.D. research is to understand what people with chronic pain find meaningful in their rehabilitation and to convey this knowledge effectively to occupational therapists and physiotherapists.
The research is being conducted in three phases. This application to Chronic Pain Australia relates to the recruitment of participants for Phase 2. This phase will investigate the experience for people with chronic pain, to understand what they found meaningful in rehabilitation. The research design is multi-methods, involving a qualitative (interview) study, and a quantitative (survey) study. The quantitative study aims to explore a broad perspective of the relationships between meaningfulness, well-being, and chronic pain interference. A deeper understanding of the experience of meaningful rehabilitation, for people with chronic pain, will be obtained through the qualitative study. 
The findings from these two studies will inform Phase 3, which will evaluate a knowledge translation strategy. The aim overall is to help physiotherapists and occupational therapists understand more about how to make rehabilitation personally meaningful for people with chronic pain. 
Participant selection criteria:

Inclusion:

  • Adults (over the age of 18) with chronic pain.
  • Have seen an occupational therapist or physiotherapist for the chronic pain condition within the past 12 months.
  • Not currently attending rehabilitation.

Exclusion:

  • Non-English speaking.
  • Significant cognitive impairment.
Link to participate in the study:
 
The participant information sheet can be found here.
 
Researcher:
Chief investigator: Katrina Liddiard Occupational Therapy Ph.D. student School of Medical and Health Science Edith Cowan University Ph: 08 6304 3578 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Supervisors:
- Associate Professor Annette Raynor School of Medical and Health Science Edith Cowan University Ph: 08 6304 2771 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
- Professor Cary Brown Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine University of Alberta, 2-64 Corbett Hall Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2G4 Ph: (780) 492-9545, fax: (780) 492-4628 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
This project has been reviewed and approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee, Edith Cowan University (ID:21088) 10/06/2019 to 30/12/2022. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee.
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Would you like to test an online intervention for chronic pain? recruitment ending September 2020

Full study name: Cognitive Bia Modification for Patients with Chronic Pain

Brief description of the study: Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) is an online computer-based intervention that has had promising results, reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety in both healthy and clinical populations. It has also been helpful in reducing fears about dying from cancer, therefore reducing anxiety in people with cancer. Our study aims to assess whether CBM is effective in reducing pain-related outcomes in people suffering from chronic pain.

Participants will be randomly allocated to one of two groups: CBM or placebo. Those in the placebo group will have access to the CBM intervention once they complete the study.

The study will be conducted over 4 weeks and will take a total of 2.5 hours for each participant. The entire study is conducted online. Participants will be asked to fill out questionnaires in the pre-training stage, and will then be asked to complete 4 training sessions over 2 weeks (about 10-15 minutes each). Then, they will be asked to complete questionnaires at 2 follow-up points, one immediately after training ceases and one 2 weeks after that.

Participant selection: We are looking for volunteers with chronic pain Australia wide.

For more information or to get involved, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Researcher:  

Emma Jones This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This project has been reviewed and approved by The University of Western Sydney Ethics committee (ID: 2018/381) 11/7/2018. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee 

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Do you have chronic low back pain? Or have you visited a doctor due to chronic low back pain in the past 2 years but have now recovered? - recruitment ending October 2020  

Study: Exploring the social determinants of health outcomes for Australian spine-injured adults with persistent pain: a mixed-methods study 

The link to participate in the online study is: https://is.gd/persistentpain

A brief description of the study:

The main aims of this research are to investigate associations between the social determinants of health and pain-related outcomes in adults with spinal cord injuries and low back pain and explore how adults with low SES and persistent pain experience healthcare in the country and metropolitan Australia. This will be explored through qualitative methods and an online questionnaire.

Participant selection criteria:
18 years of age or older, live in Australia
- Experience chronic low back pain (pain in the lower back on most days for 3 months or more)
Or
- Have recently recovered from chronic low back pain (within the last 2 years)

Researcher:
Dr. Emma Karran, University of South Australia
Ph.D., Grad Dip (Psych), B App Sc (Physiotherapy)

This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of South Australia Research Ethics Committee Approval (ID: 202792) 21/1/2020. It has also been reviewed by the Chronic Pain Australia Research Subcommittee.

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