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Pain-free participants needed for chronic pain study

Understanding cognitive factors associated with chronic pain
Our research study is investigating whether cognitive processes (e.g. attention) differ between people with and without chronic pain. We anticipate that a better understanding of the cognitive factors associated with chronic pain will inform future treatment options.

We have already recruited all the patients with chronic pain and we now need the help of pain-free participants to form a control group.

If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete:

  • a series of questionnaires, which will take no more than 15 minutes
  • 3 basic computer tasks, which will take no more than 45 minutes. 

Testing is estimated to take less than 1 hour and will take place in person in a location that is convenient for you (in Sydney). The location must be quiet and have a desk, chairs and a power point. Alternatively, if you'd prefer to come into Sydney University we can use one of the lab rooms here.

Ethics committee approval number: LNR/17/HAWKE/238


We must match each control participant on age and sex with a patient with chronic pain. You may be eligible to participate in this study if you are a:

  • Female aged: 35-45; 49-55; 59-73; 80-84
  • Male aged: 34-77

The following exclusion criteria apply:

  • Chronic pain (pain on more days than not over the last 3 months)
  • Chronic illness (e.g. endometriosis, regular migraines, diabetes)
  • Pain level of 4/10 or more on day of testing

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please contact the study facilitator Emma Jones via email for more information.