The Pain Academy – changing the narrative around pain
Live Well with Pain is proud to be working with The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing at Durham University. Over the last few years this has led to some exciting projects such as Live Well with Pain’s Ten Footsteps interactive resource, the highly popular Footsteps Festival and the Gabapentinoid and Opioid Tapering Toolbox (GOTT), recently piloted – with great success – among GPs in Darlington.
Now, with the advent of the Wolfson Institute’s new Challenge Academies, our fruitful partnership is set to develop even further.
Live Well with Pain is involved the the Institute’s Pain Academy which, in addition to studying the biomedical symptoms of pain and how it is perceived in the brain, also explores social factors outside of the body that influence how we experience pain.
As with all of the Institute’s Challenge Academies, the ultimate aim is “to create purpose-built solutions that don’t just help some of the people some of the time but all of the people, all of the time.”
Over the coming months Live Well with Pain will be working closely with the Pain Academy on a number of real-world projects designed to improve knowledge both within healthcare and among the public, and to change the narrative around pain, opening up possibilities for tackling it that have not been considered before.