The Centre for Pain Research at NUI Galway is currently recruiting patients with back pain to take part in the Pain Disability Prevention Programme (PDP ) trial. The study offers patients with back pain the opportunity to avail of 10 sessions with a clinical psychologist trained in pain rehabilitation.
The sessions, which are free of charge, will focus on active rehabilitation, instruction in a range of pacing techniques, cognitive therapy to help identify negative thinking patterns, and the development of effective challenges, stretching and exercising to improve physical function.
For patients in the Mayo region, appointments take place in Swinford.
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 495830, or see the website www.nuigalway.ie/pdp GPs interested in referring suitable patients to the trial can also contact this number.