Over the past few months, our collaboration with the Royal Berkshire Hospital has gone from strength to strength. The pain management unit has brought it two new full-time clinicians, with an active research interest and this has allowed us to branch our work across many new domains. Our work towards developing a pre-surgical assessment battery has now been documented and developed to the point that we are currently applying for funding to run a feasibility study and implement it within the pre-surgical pipeline.
We have also created an automated database to dramatically ease the burden on the Pain Management Unit’s (PMU) administrative team and to allow clinicians to sit down with their patients and guide them through their personal progression during their treatment. This database also allows us to apply quantitative statistical analysis to these outcome measures to identify strengths and weaknesses in the interventions, as well as evaluating the outcome measures themselves. In line with this final point, in April we will be completing clinical interviews with patients of the PMU in to get their insights on communication within a clinical environment, how they view the experience of living with pain and if there’s any element of living with their condition that our assessments are missing.
It’s been an exciting few months since my last update, but work is progressing better than ever as our ties with the RBH get closer and more familiar. It will be interesting to see what we have achieved by the time I provide my next update and what new targets have developed on our horizon.
by Richard Harrison (Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience & Neurodynamics)