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Research & Development



How can people get their lives back, with chronic pain? How can we make powerful, effective rehabilitation treatments for pain?

The specialist Pain Services at the RUH have been leading nationally recognised research for over 30 years. We carry out research into chronic pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and the complex, late effects of cancer.

We are interested in how chronic pain and CRPS can become so disabling and distressing, and how to address this. We try to understand the patient experience of living with chronic pain and CRPS, and how to make more powerful treatment interventions.

Our research partners include the University of the West of England and the University of Bath, as well as national and international research teams. For example, our international collaborators include universities and healthcare organisations in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Of course, the best research is informed by the patient's perspective, as well as by experts. We have an active group of patient research partners who work with the researchers to support our research studies.

Research means nothing if it isn't shared. We write papers for a wide variety of scientific journals, and present our work at national and international conferences.

Participation in all of our research is voluntary. In order to be considered for one of our studies, you will need to complete and sign a research consent form at some point in your patient journey with us.

Please follow the links for more information, recent publications and current research activity:

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