We have several working groups.
Each working group has a clear objective, described below. All the members of PETAL are listed under the various working groups below. You can see their lovely faces by following these links or the drop down menu 'working groups'.
Assessing Pain Education:
The objective of this working group was to evaluate the measurement properties of instruments that aim to assess patients pain knowledge and attitudes and to explore considerations on how these relate to conceptual change. A narrative review of the recent literature assessing PSE was performed.
Learning Frameworks & Strategies:
The objective of this working group is to apply and evaluate the learning theories, frameworks and strategies that best impart deep understanding, sufficient to enable and empower learners to take an evidence-based 'biopsychosocial' approach to their own recovery.
The objective of this working group is to understand how pain science education works, by identifying and quantifying the mechanisms of its effect. This information will be used to establish an interventional theory for pain science education.
Public Health group:
The objective of the public health group is to explore the role of Pain Science Education as part of a public health strategy to foster better understanding of contemporary pain science amongst all sections of society. The aspiration is that this will raise awareness of chronic pain, bust the many public misconceptions about persistent pain, and foster an environment where evidence based pain management can flourish free of stigma.
Our over-arching aim is to translate pain science education, originally developed for low back pain, to other clinical pain conditions using evidence-informed methods. Our primary objectives are to: i) identify and outline a translational framework to guide clinical translation of pain science education to other chronic pain conditions; ii) identify the current state of evidence, and relevant research gaps, for each pain condition by summarising and appraising the evidence available for each stage of the translational framework.
Systematic Review group:
The objective of the systematic review group is to investigate the effectiveness of Pain Science Education for improving consumer health and wellbeing outcomes. The group will investigate the effectiveness of Pain Science Education in isolation as well as the role of Pain Science Education informed care where Pain Science Education is delivered as part of a multimodal intervention.