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Call for trial of a new online rehabilitation programme

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Centre for Pain Research at NUI Galway Calls on People with Chronic Pain for 3 Months or more for trial of a new online rehabilitation programme

21 July 2015: The Centre for Pain Research at NUI Galway is currently recruiting people with chronic pain (pain which lasted for 3 months or more) to take part in the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) trial. The study offers patients with chronic pain the opportunity to avail of 8 online sessions in the comfort of their own home!

The sessions, which are free of charge, will focus on values and goals that are individual to each person in the trial; provide instruction on a range of activity-pacing techniques to encourage more consistent levels of activity from day-to-day; provide mindfulness techniques to allow moment-to-moment awareness of all experiences; and cognitive therapy to help identify both negative thinking patterns and the development of effective challenges. The study, funded by the Health Research Board, is open to people all over Ireland and will take place over the coming months. GPs and physiotherapists around the country are being encouraged to refer suitable people with pain to the study.

Dr. Christopher Dwyer, post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Pain Research, NUI Galway says: “We know that a combination of psychological and physical therapies provided to people with chronic 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 all over the country and at any stage of injury.”

 Dr. Dwyer added, “This programme was set up by expert psychologists and physiotherapists in the management of chronic pain. In total, the programme lasts for 8 weeks and is delivered online to people with chronic pain, in the comfort of their own homes. People who take part in the trial are not asked to attend any clinic or the university at any stage. All materials are tailored for those wishing to learn effective ways of managing their chronic pain. Participants can access physiotherapy and all medical services as usual while involved in the trial.” The researchers are specifically interested in hearing from people who have pain for 3 months or longer and have regular access to a computer and the internet.

For further information, please contact Dr. Christopher Dwyer at the Centre for Pain Research, NUI Galway, email painresearch@nuigalway.ie, phone 091 495 391, or see the website http://www.nuigalway.ie/centre-for-pain-research/. GPs or physiotherapists who are interested in referring suitable patients to the trial can also use these contact details.