Predicting persistent pain
– an analysis of risk and resilience factors
in the development of persistent pain
Student researcher: Elise Henne, PhD student, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University
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Chief investigator: Associate Professor Shirley Morrissey, School of Applied Psychology, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University
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This project is a PhD project within the Griffith University School of Applied Psychology. We hope this research will be able to contribute to our understanding of how and why some people develop long-term persistent pain and associated complications such as disability (physical and social) and psychological health issues.
What you will be asked to do? Should you agree to participate in the survey you will be asked questions about your experience of pain as a result of your injury or condition, your personal characteristics, ideas, circumstances and social situation.
This is a longitudinal survey. This means that we would like to follow your progress for up to six months. You will be asked to complete up to three questionnaires (a minimum of 2 questionnaires). You will complete the first questionnaire now, the second three months later and the third six months after the completion of your initial survey. You will be sent emails to remind you to participate. The on-line or printed survey is comprehensive and may take up to 35 minutes to complete. You are encouraged to take several breaks during this time or you can return to your saved survey up to a week after you started it.
To be eligible to participate in this survey you need to be aged over 18 years. The selection of respondents to the survey is based on convenience.
Participation: Your participation is voluntary. You are under no obligation to take part. There are no penalties if you choose not to participate; you are also free to withdraw from the study at any time, without penalty. Your responses will be confidential and will not be revealed to your health professional. Every time you complete a questionnaire you will go into a draw for one of two $500 department store vouchers. The two winners will be drawn on completion of the study in 2016.
Consent: Opening this survey online will be taken as consent to participate.
Further information: If you require further information about this study you can contact Elise Henne either by telephone or email.
The expected benefits: This research is expected to increase understanding of why some people develop persistent pain following an injury or condition and how people cope effectively, or not, with pain that persists. This understanding may lead to improved practical and psychological early interventions.
The risks of the research: It is possible that you may be sensitive to some of the questions. The questions are in no way intended to be discomforting or unpleasant. However, if you experience any distress, please consider contacting the Australian Pain Link Helpline on 1300 340 357, a counsellor at Student Services on 07 5552 8734 or Lifeline on 131114. These services may be contacted without the need for prior or special approval. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact one of the researchers, using the contact information provided above. Griffith University conducts research in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans. This research has been approved by both the School of Applied Psychology and Griffith University's Human Research Ethics Committee (PSY/31/14/HREC). If you have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the research project you should contact the Manager, Research Ethics, Griffith University on (07) 373 54375 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal Privacy Statement: The conduct of this research involves the collection, access and/or use of your identified personal information. The information collected is confidential and will not be disclosed to third parties without your consent, except to meet government, legal or other regulatory authority requirements. A de-identified copy of this data may be used for other research purposes. However, your anonymity will at all times be safeguarded. For further information consult the University’s Privacy Plan at http://www.griffith.edu.au/about-griffith/plans-publications/griffith-university-privacy-plan or telephone (07) 3735 4375.
1. The prize draw is being run by Griffith University to encourage participation in the Griffith University Pain Study
3. 2 gift voucher prizes will be awarded in the prize draw to be made when the research is completed, each prize being a voucher and being worth $500. Should the advertised prize become unavailable as a result of circumstances beyond our control, we are free (at our sole discretion) to substitute a cash prize equivalent to the value of the prize advertised.
4. Entry is free (other than the cost of accessing the website*1, which is your responsibility). Entry is open between 2015 and 2016. Entries received after the closing date will not be accepted.
5. To enter the prize draw, you must:
(a) Have completed the longitudinal questionnaire;
(b) provide a valid postal address.