Study on mindfulness for chronic pain needs participants
UTS Clinical Psychology is conducting a study on the effects of mindfulness on chronic pain.
One in five Australians now live with chronic pain, a figure that increases to one in three people over the age of 65. Chronic pain is defined as any pain that lasts beyond the expected healing period.
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The study, led by Alice Shires, is calling for individuals who have been living with chronic pain for more than three months to participate in the study.
It will find how a short mindfulness-based exposure technique alleviates the discomfort experienced by people with chronic pain in comparison to distraction, a commonly used tool in coping with pain.
Shires is an expert in cognitive behavioral therapies, particularly in mindfulness and its possible effects on anger, grief and chronic pain. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Director of the UTS Psychology Clinic and Head of the UTS Mindfulness Integrated Therapies Research Clinic.
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