The study offers patients with back pain the opportunity to avail of 10 sessions with a clinical psychologist trained in pain rehabilitation.
Miriam Raftery, Researcher at the Centre for Pain Research, NUI Galway says: “We know that a combination of psychological and physical therapies provided at the early stages of back pain are beneficial, particularly for people at risk of long term disability. However this type of service is often only accessible via specialised hospital-based pain management teams. In this trial we will offer this type of service to people locally and at the earlier stages of injury.
Ms Raftery added: “Many people find that a combination of cognitive and physical rehabilitation like the PDP programme enables them to take back control of their lives, to do more and feel better. By trialing this early-intervention programme we can assess if this type of service is beneficial for people with chronic pain.”
Patients can access physiotherapy and all medical services as usual while involved in the trial. Clinicians are attached to the trial in each of the participating counties so appointments take place locally for patients. In Limerick, Cork, Dublin and Galway appointments take place in the city, while in Donegal appointments are held in Letterkenny and Buncrana. For patients in the Mayo region, appointments take place in Swinford, while in Sligo appointments are in Sligo town.
The researchers are specifically interested in hearing from people who have back pain for no longer than 12 months and are either off work or on reduced work hours due to pain.
For further information, please contact Miriam Raftery, Centre for Pain Research, NUI Galway, email [email protected] , phone 091 495 830 or see the website www.nuigalway.ie/pdp GPs interested in referring suitable patients to the trial can also contact this number.
Keywords: NUI Galway Back Pain Centre for Pain Research
Author: Marketing and Communications Office, NUI Galway