Editor’s Note–April 3. Stanford University said it has received the maximum number of responses to its survey, and is not collecting any more data. Dr. Sturgeon thanked the National Pain Report and said “this was really a terrific response by your readers”. He also said that he would be keeping the National Pain Report informed about the results of the survey as they become publicly available.
Dr. Drew Sturgeon, is a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University, who is continuing his resilience study of chronic pain patients. He asked the National Pain Report if we would allow him to ask our readers to fill out a follow-up an anonymous online survey about chronic pain. Here is his column and a link to the survey. Let him know what you think.
People with chronic pain face many challenges, including greater problems with physical health, higher risks of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety, and increased rates of job disability. Traditional research on chronic pain has, perhaps understandably, focused on the many problems that chronic pain can cause.
However, focusing only on the problematic nature of chronic pain misses an important point: most people have important goals and interests that they want to pursue, even if they are suffering from chronic pain.
Research suggests that many continue to work, do not show high levels of depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric problems, and lead satisfying and fulfilling lives, despite the presence of a chronic pain condition. They are resilient.
My colleagues and I at Stanford University are seeking to understand how some people are still able to function at a high level, despite having chronic pain.
We believe that resilient individuals may interpret the meaning of pain differently, may behave differently when they are in pain, and may have different emotional responses to pain — all of which help them to remain healthy and functional.
By understanding resilience in chronic pain, we hope to identify and treat others who may be struggling with their own pain.
The Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory (SNAPL) is currently looking for people with chronic pain to complete an anonymous online survey, to help better understand how people cope with their pain conditions and how to better meet their needs.
This study is the second phase of a survey development project we posted in the National Pain Report in January of this year. Participation in our study involves answering multiple-choice questions about beliefs about pain and strategies for dealing with pain, as well as questions about physical, emotional, and social health. Responses from this survey will help us to determine whether our questionnaire can be used to effectively predict healthy functioning in people with chronic pain. Participation takes between 30 and 60 minutes.
If you are interested in completing this online survey, it can be accessed using the following Internet link: https://redcap.stanford.edu/surveys/?s=X7NTKF3DYT .
Alternatively, you can ask to be sent a survey link by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (650) 724-8783.
Dr. Drew Sturgeon