Organization profile

Organisation profile

The very idea of living with pain rather than curing it is, for many people, unpalatable. When told such a thing by their doctor, it can feel like being abandoned, as if medicine is moving on and leaving one to 'cope' alone. Even the word 'cope' is not neutral.

Whenever someone says, "you can/will/should cope" it sounds like someone is saying, "shut up and get on with it". This is what pain patients tell us, both in multiple qualitative studies and in our own patient partner panels. Patients also tell us that trying to live with pain without help is difficult, sometimes impossible; it is hard struggling alone, challenging for loved ones trying to help, and daunting that every day starts with the same overwhelming task. This challenge has been recognised.

Although pain is the primary reason that people go to see their GP, it is poorly managed in the UK and leaves people exposed to multiple further health risks, including clinical anxiety, depression, and loneliness, and an increased risk of further morbidity and possibly all-cause mortality.

We do have treatments for chronic pain, using pharmacological, physical and psychological approaches, all with the common aim of reducing pain, or alleviating suffering. Yet, these also have in common 'disappointing' overall results.

The Centre for Pain Research was established in 2008 and is home to a team of interdisciplinary researchers investigating the best ways of helping people learn how to live with incurable pain.

Fingerprint The fingerprint is based on mining the text of the scientific documents related to the associated persons. Based on that an index of weighted terms is created, which defines the key subjects of research unit

Chronic Pain Medicine & Life Sciences
Pain Medicine & Life Sciences
Psychology Medicine & Life Sciences
Anxiety Medicine & Life Sciences
Catastrophization Medicine & Life Sciences
Meta-Analysis Medicine & Life Sciences
Pain Management Medicine & Life Sciences
Self Care Medicine & Life Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2017 2018

The Neural Basis of Attention: A Festschrift in Honor of Robert Rafal

Bultitude, J. & Ro, T.


Project: Research-related fundingScientific event

Research Output 2003 2018

Assessment of Pain Anxiety, Pain Catastrophizing, and Fear of Pain in Children and Adolescents With Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Fisher, E., Heathcote, L. C., Eccleston, C., Simons, L. E. & Palermo, T. M. 1 Apr 2018 In : Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 43, 3, p. 314-325 jsx103

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pain Measurement
Chronic Pain
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Complementary Therapies

Attention bias modification training for adolescents with chronic pain: A randomized placebo-controlled trial

Heathcote, L. C., Jacobs, K., Van Ryckeghem, D. M. L., Fisher, E., Eccleston, C., Fox, E. & Lau, J. Y. F. 1 Feb 2018 In : Pain. 159, 2, p. 239-251

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chronic Pain
Randomized Controlled Trials