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”It’s not pain, it’s discomfort”: An investigation

Study Code: UKCRN 15050

Location: South Tees Hospitals

Contact phone number: 01609 763787

Contact email: nick.harland@nhs.net

Why is this study important?

Patients talk about “pain” and “discomfort” as two different things, but the clinicians and the questionnaires that they use often assume that they mean the same. This study hopes to learn if it is possible to design questionnaires that reflect the patients experience of pain and discomfort more accurately.

What is the aim of this study?

The purpose of this study is to investigate if ‘discomfort’ exists as something separate to ‘pain’ and if it can be measured separately to pain. ”It’s not pain, it’s discomfort”

What do people in this study have to do?

If you are a patient with musculoskeletal pain you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire and consent form by your physiotherapist at your usual clinic.  Patients who have been discharged and wish to be involved in the research will be sent a questionnaire and consent form by post. A stamped addressed envelope will be provided for their return. 

What are the risks and benefits for participants?

There are no direct benefits to participants. It is hoped that future pain sufferers will benefit.

For further information about this study please contact

Dr Nicholas Harland

Hambleton and Richmondshire Physiotherapy Dept
Physiotherapy Dept.
Friarage Hospital
Northallerton
DL6 1JG
UNITED KINGDOM

Tel: 01609 763787
Fax: 01609 763789
nick.harland@nhs.net

Recruitment to this study is due to end on 3/31/2015

The study is funded by the Department of Health and there will probably be several papers published in international journals to share the results. Some results may also be shared through presentations at conferences. The study is being overseen by Teesside University. The study will take one year to complete and then it can take a year or more to get articles written and published.

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