Elaine Wainwright


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Research interests

I am interested in the interaction between living with pain and work or occupation in its broadest sense, taking a lifespan perspective which encompasses school at one end at extending working life at the other. I am also interested in developing work as a health outcome, and how we can enable sustainable working lives for people living with pain.  I’ve looked at how this can be done in the micro-interaction between doctor and patient, employer and employee (around fit notes). I am now looking at whether this can be done through agencies and communities, including pharmacists, the voluntary sector, and medical workers other than GPs. I am interested in the theoretical underpinning behind these behaviour change possibilities, and intervention development, as well as the medical psychology and sociology that goes along side the lived experience of being a pain patient, doctor and employer as one negotiates the back to work system.


I also have a research interest in medics’ work stress and work satisfaction. I’m looking at how to reduce work stress for trainee doctors and also specifically for anaesthetists, in terms of practical work based changes and how to preserve the identity of being a doctor when one needs help.

Willing to supervise PhD

I am interested in supervising students who wish to research interactions between living with pain and work. This may be around the process of sickness certification (getting a fit note); looking at the role of occupational health professionals; looking at whether and how other primary care and even voluntary agencies can have import into return to work process; considering the meaning of work in the 21st century to people living with pain.

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Projects 2017 2017

Bath Spa University: Beliefs and worry content between adolescents with and without chronic pain.

Wainwright, E., Fisher, E., Jordan, A. & Wilson, C.


Project: Research-related fundingResearch

Research Output 2009 2018

Open Access
Complex Regional Pain Syndromes

Coming back from the edge: A qualitative study of a professional support unit for junior doctors

Wainwright, E., Fox, F., Breffni, T., Taylor, G. & O'Connor, M. 23 Aug 2017 In : Medical Education. 17, 1, 142

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Professional Role
Job Satisfaction
2 Citations

Headache impairs attentional performance: a conceptual replication and extension

Attridge, N., Eccleston, C., Noonan, D., Wainwright, E. & Keogh, E. Jan 2017 In : Journal of Pain. 18, 1, p. 29-41

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Support with caveats: advocates’ views of the Theory of Formal Discipline as a reason for the study of advanced mathematics

Wainwright, E., Attridge, N., Wainwright, D., Alcock, L. & Inglis, M. 2017 In : Research in Mathematics Education. 19, 1, p. 20-41 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mathematics Education
Qualitative Analysis

Successful return to work with chronic pain: Employers' and employees' views

Wainwright, E., Wainwright, D., Keogh, E. & Eccleston, C. 3 Jul 2014 (Unpublished)

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Return to Work
Chronic Pain
Sick Leave
Occupational Medicine


Dataset for "Headache impairs attentional performance: an extension and replication"

Attridge, N. (Creator), Noonan, D. (Creator), Wainwright, E. (Creator), Eccleston, C. (Creator), Keogh, E. (Creator), University of Bath, 2015