Research & Publications

The PPA aims to provide a community of practice to share knowledge and experience in order to improve outcomes for people living with pain. The PPA is committed to supporting evidence-based research, clinical expertise, cutting edge pain therapy options and multidisciplinary treatment that aims to enhance physical and psychological well- being.

The PPA Research Bursary has opened, with a closing date of 10th January 2021. These bursaries aim to support physiotherapists and physiotherapy students to undertake pain related research activity. There are two funding streams available, each one will be able to offer financial support to enable small scale research related projects.  To find out more and to apply, click here.

Two projects were funded in 2021:  

  • "Co-creation of a pain zine-library: Exploring a novel way to communicate pain experiences and potentially target stigma"  Camille Leteurtre, INPUT Pain Management Service 
  • A co-design project - "Undertaking focus groups, observations and patient storytelling to inform service development" Sophie Turner,  Optimise Pain Rehabilitation Unit is completing

“Receiving the PPA bursary will enable me to reimburse patients for their time and involvement in carrying out a co-design project, undertaking focus groups and observations to inform service development. It is great knowing that this support is available to assist with meeting the recommendations of how such projects should be optimally carried out.”

"The PPA bursary application was the first grant application I have ever filled. While I was sharing some ideas out loud, being encouraged to actually apply for the PPA bursary gave me a sense of validation that is precious in the process of starting something new, especially when it is as intimidating as research can be. The PPA bursary allowed me to be in line with patient, public involvement and engagement guidelines, and to really recognise the value of such an involvement."

The PPA journal, Pain and Rehabilitation is a peer-reviewed, open access publication with a strong history of publishing a variety of methods, to inform clinical practice. The editorial team are inviting you to make a submission for coming editions and are also willing to develop novice authors to increase chances of publication.

The latest edition has a fresh new look and will be available open access via the PPA website. Members will be receiving the e-journal directly to their inbox in the coming weeks. 

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