student profile: Mrs Pavithra Rajan


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Chronic back pain among Indian migrants in Sydney

Supervisors: Claire HILLER , Michelle LINCOLN , Andrew LEAVER , Kathryn REFSHAUGE

Thesis abstract:

�p�Back pain is one of the most prevalent musculoskeletal health conditions globally. Chronic back pain among Indian migrants is on the rise in Sydney, Australia. The aim of the current research study is to understand the attitudes, beliefs and coping strategies of the Indian migrants in Sydney. The PhD study will involve cross-cultural adaptation of back pain questionnaires into Indian language (n=50) and a survey with Indian population to understand their beliefs about back pain (n=384). In addition, Focus Group Discussions will be conducted with 50-60 people with self-reported back pain in conjunction with South West Sydney Local Health District. Indian migrants, 18 years and/or over, with self-reported current back pain for 3 months or more will be included for Focus Group Discussions.This study will eventually lead to the development of innovative, community-based intervention to address the burden of back pain. Earlier research on back pain has focused on treatment in controlled environments like physiotherapy clinic and hospital. This study will lead to the development of an intervention that will be implemented in the community and the environment in which the person with back pain will reside. This intervention will be applicable to Indian populations globally.�/p�

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Rajan, P. (2018). Snapshot of disability in India. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 25(3), 135-139. [More Information]

2018

  • Rajan, P. (2018). Snapshot of disability in India. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 25(3), 135-139. [More Information]

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