This Pain Forum event will be presented by Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Professor of Health and Anthropology and Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research at the University of Bristol. She is a Social Anthropologist by background who applies techniques from anthropology and qualitative approaches in applied health research. Her interests include long-term conditions, pain after surgery, osteoarthritis and joint pain, and technology for health.
Rachael will speak about how qualitative research into pain gives us insights into living with pain, how pain is managed and how to design new ways of providing treatment. Qualitative research can use a number of methods including interviews, focus groups and ‘observation’ to find out how people experience pain and pain care, and also how health professionals work with people with pain to provide best care. The talk will include Rachael’s reflections about what makes ‘good’ qualitative research in pain, how it can make a difference, and what its future might be in a world where technology is seen as a key to unlocking the challenge of pain.
The lecture will be from 4-5pm, followed by networking.
The Pain Forum was launched in 2000 after the recognition that pain was of interest to a large number of healthcare professionals in the greater Bath area. These meetings have been well supported by clinicians in the local area. They invite world leaders in pain research to present their work and discuss developments. These speakers are chosen for the high quality of their research and their ability to communicate it well. Perhaps the most important part of the forum is that everyone is invited to carry on discussions afterwards.
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