Topical Concurrent Session 3A – How (and how well) does pain-related education work? Balancing pragmatism with the rigor of shams


Topical Concurrent Session 3A

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What is the appropriate amount of enthusiasm we should have for pain-related education based on the available evidence and resources? Research into pain-related education is rapidly accelerating. Comparisons between different types of educational interventions (e.g. ‘real vs placebo’ pain science education) and also between iterations of educational resources (e.g. version 1 vs version 5) are complex and challenging to conduct.

In this session, each speaker will unravel different challenges in pain-related education: Dr Adrian Traeger will explore the development of an ideal educational control group in a research trial of acute low back pain; A/Prof Tasha Stanton will discuss the use of a non-education sham control to account for therapist time/attention used in a feasibility study of painful knee osteoarthritis; Dave Moen will explore an iterative approach to educational resource development in chronic pain; and Dr Joshua Pate will explore how participants can be ‘their own control’ in a Single Case Experimental Design (SCED) study evaluating educational children’s books compared to sham.

At the end of the session there will be a Q&A discussing how well pain-related education works and how to best balance rigor with pragmatism in future projects, so that truly effective (and excellent) resources are developed to facilitate optimal patient outcomes.

Dr Adrian Traeger, University of Sydney, NSW
A/Prof Tasha Stanton, University of South Australia, SA
Dave Moen, Form Physiotherapy, SA

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