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

Research Output 2009 2019

Open Access

Resilience and return-to-work pain interventions: systematic review

Wainwright, E., Wainwright, D., Coghill, N., Walsh, J. & Perry, R., 21 Mar 2019, In : Occupational Medicine. p. 1-14 14 p., kqz012.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Complex Regional Pain Syndromes

The Problem of Work Stress and the Need to Re-imagine the Bio-Psycho-Social Model

Wainwright, D. & Wainwright, E., 20 Sep 2018, (Accepted/In press) Stress and suffering at work the role of culture and society.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Why do people use food banks? A qualitative study of food bank users in Bristol

Wainwright, D., Wainwright, E. & Buckingham, A., 31 Oct 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Voluntary Sector Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


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



Chronic pain, work absenteeism and sickness certification: exploring the construction of acceptable pain-related work absence

Author: Wainwright, E., 24 Apr 2013

Supervisor: Eccleston, C. (Supervisor), Keogh, E. (Supervisor) & Wainwright, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD