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Online sessions for chronic pain

Published 25/08/2015 | 02:30

Chronic pain
Chronic pain

People who have had pain for three months or more are being invited to take part in new research.

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It involves having eight online sessions at home through their own computers to improve their psychological well-being as well as the practice of mindfulness. No travel is needed.

The Centre for Pain Research at NUI Galway is conducting the study of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Currently, these kind of psychological supports are mainly available through specialised hospital-based pain management teams.

Chronic pain affects up to 35pc of the Irish population and it is sometimes associated with psychological effects.

People suffering this kind of long-term pain can have anxiety and changes in mood, as well as forgetfulness and difficulties in focusing attention, planning tasks and making decisions.

GPs and physiotherapists around the country are being encouraged to refer suitable people with pain to the study.

Dr Christopher Dwyer, coordinator of the study, said: "We know that psychological therapies provided to people with chronic pain are beneficial." For more information, contact Dr Christopher Dwyer at the Centre for Pain Research, NUI Galway, email painresearch@nuigalway.ie or phone 091 495 391.

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