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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.

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Chronic Pain Medicine & Life Sciences
Pain Medicine & Life Sciences
Psychology Medicine & Life Sciences
Anxiety Medicine & Life Sciences
Catastrophization Medicine & Life Sciences
Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Medicine & Life Sciences
Therapeutics Medicine & Life Sciences
Meta-Analysis Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2016 2021

Research Output 2003 2017

14 Citations (Scopus)
156 Downloads (Pure)

Ketamine as an adjuvant to opioids for cancer pain

Bell, R. F., Eccleston, C. & Kalso, E. A., 2017, In : The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2017, 6, CD003351.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)
107 Downloads (Pure)

Anxiety at 13 and its effect on pain, pain-related anxiety, and pain-related disability at 17: an ALSPAC cohort longitudinal analysis

Fisher, E., Caes, L., Clinch, J., Tobias, J. H. & Eccleston, C., Jan 2016, In : Psychology, Health & Medicine. 21, 1, p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cohort Studies
Chronic Pain

Embodied: the psychology of physical sensation

Eccleston, C., 1 Feb 2016, Oxford, U. K.: Oxford University Press. 304 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Student theses

A fluid power application of alternative robust control strategies

Author: Pannett, R., 16 Sep 2010

Supervisor: Keogh, E. (Supervisor) & Tilley, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


An identification and critical analysis of barriers to raising the topic of weight in general practice

Author: Blackburn, M., 27 Apr 2016

Supervisor: Eccleston, C. (Supervisor), Stathi, A. (Supervisor) & Keogh, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


An investigation into the reciprocal relationship between gender and careers

Author: Mcatamney, K., 23 Nov 2016

Supervisor: Smith, L. (Supervisor) & Keogh, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD