Chronic Pain Management Unit Research Projects
Ongoing research at the CPMU includes:
- program evaluation
- short- and long-term follow-up studies on the investigation of various pain-related variables such as stages of change, coping, catastrophizing, and acceptance of pain, as well as personality adjustment variables and chronic pain management outcomes. We have recently investigated the prospective relationship between fear of movement as assessed by the Tampa Scale of Kinesiophobia (TSK) and walking speed as assessed by the 6-minute walking test.
- more recently, we have also become interested in the relationship of clinical judgment to the objective assessment of readiness for change and engageability in the program, as well as in the relationship of clinical judgement to patient self-evaluation.
This research is conducted as part of undergraduate thesis projects, independent studies, collaborative projects and ongoing program development.