"Despite the growing recognition of the problem of persistent pain,
clinical and research attention has often focused on
understanding and treating the disease underlying the pain.
This reflects a historical view of pain as a nonspecific symptom of a disease process."
- Persistent Pain as a Disease Entity, Paper by Siddall and Cousins, 2004
There is a growing body of research into pain, both internationally and in Australia. Following are some key research papers:
For healthcare professionals with an interest in cancer pain, a new project aims to develop an Australian guideline and implementation strategy on pain management for people living with cancer. If you would like to contribute to the project, contact Project Coordinator Dr Tim Luckett on 02 9514 4861.
- Polymorphisms in the glucocorticoid receptor co-chaperone FKBP5 predict persistent musculoskeletal pain after traumatic stress exposure - Bortsov AV et al, Pain 29 April 2013
- Structural modelling and mutant cycle analysis predict pharmacoresponsiveness of a Nav1.7mutant channel - Yang Yang, Sulayman D. Dib-Hajj, Jian Zhang, Yang Zhang, Lynda Tyrrell, Mark Estacion & Stephen G. Waxman, Nature Communicatinos; 13 Nov 2012
- Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education and Research, released 29 June 2011
- Pain Management Task Force Final Report May 2010, US Office of the Army Surgeon General
- Back pain in older male Italian-born immigrants in Australia: The importance of socioeconomic factors (European Journal of Pain)
- Management of chronic (non-cancer) pain in Quebec
- Action plan for the organisation and delivery of chronic pain services in Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia Chronic Pain Working Group)
- Pain medicine position paper in the US
- Concept paper - a regional strategy for optimal pain management and sustainability (Vancouver Coastal Health Regional Pain Management Strategy Core Team)
- The need for knowledge translation in chronic pain (James L Henry)
- Improving coordination of care between specialist and general practice for people with chronic pain - Geoffrey Mitchell MJA (198) 6: 2-3. 1 April 2013.
- Depression and Physical Illness - Alex Holmes, Nicholas Christelis, Carolyn Arnold MJA Open 2012; 1 Suppl 4: 17-20
- System Plasticity and Integrated Care: Informed Consumers Guide Clinical Reorientation and System Reorganization - Dr Stephanie Davies, Dr Chris Hayes and Dr John Quinter
- Preclinic Group Education Sessions Reduce Waiting Times and Costs at Public Pain Medicine Units - Dr Stephanie Davies et al.
- What is pain, Prof Michael J Cousins AM
- Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage for chronic and recurrent back pain - Paul Little, George Lewith, et al.
- Preclinic Group Education Sessions Reduce Waiting Times and Costs at Public Pain Medicine Units - Pain Medicine The American Academy of Pain Medicine
- Waiting in pain: a systematic investigation into the provision of persistent pain services in Australia - The Medical Journal of Australia
- Opioid prescribing in Australian general practice - The Medical Journal of Australia
- Stigmatization of Patients with Chronic Pain: The Extinction of Empathy - Pain Medicine, The American Academy of Pain Medicine
- An Evolutionary Stress-Response Hypothesis for Chronic Widespread Pain (Fibromyalgia Syndrome) - Pain Medicine, The American Academy of Pain Medicine
- Maldynia: Pathophysiology and Non-pharmacologic Treatment, Report 5 of the Council on Science and Public Health
- Pain Medicine and Its Models: Helping or Hindering? - Pain Medicine Clincial Note (John L. Quintner, Milton L. Cohen, David Buchanan, James D Katz, Owen D Williamson)
- System Plasticity and Integrated Care: Informed Consumers Guide Clinical Reorientation and System Reorganization - Pain Medicine (Stephanie J Davies, Christopher Hayes, John L Quintner)
- Preclinic Group Education Sessions Reduce Waiting Times and Costs at Public Pain Medicine Units - Pain Medicine
- Chronic pain in Australia: a prevalence study (Fiona M Blyth, Lyn M March, Alan J M Brnabic, Louisa R Jorm, Margaret Williamson, Michael J Cousins)
- Prognosis in patients with onset low back pain in Australia primary care (Nicholas Henschke, Christopher G Maher, Kathryn M Refshauge, Robert D Herbert, Robert G Cumming, Jane Bleasel, John York, Anurina Das, James H McAuley)
- Pain relief as a human right (Michael J Cousins, Frank Brennan, Daniel B Carr)
- Persistent pain as a disease entity: implications for clinical management (Philip J Siddall, Michael J Cousins)
- Self-management of chronic pain: a population-based study (Fiona M Blyth, Lyn M March, Michael K Nicholas, Michael J Cousins)