Older adults are more likely to experience long-term pain compared with younger adults, but are less likely to seek help. One research study involving over 700 people aged 50 with long-term knee pain found that over half had not spoken to their GP about it.† To help address this, Fiona MacKichan , a researcher from the University’s School of Social and Community Medicine , is looking for ten older people to take part in a new ESRC-funded study looking at chronic pain.†
Participants will be able to take part in two workshops that will provide them with an opportunity to talk about living with discomfort and to discuss what research should be done in future. Attendees will also learn about health care research and go ’behind the health headlines’ to see what evidence there is for some of the treatments we see reported in the news. No prior knowledge of research is needed to take part.
Mackichan said: "Pain is something that all of us experience during our lives. It can warn us of damage to our bodies, and help us to avoid painful stimuli in future.† However, for some people pain does not go away.
"Hearing first hand from people who are experiencing long-term pain is very important as it makes it more likely that research will be designed to address the needs and priorities of those who might benefit from it."†