Expressing pain: which patients do we trust?

Trustworthiness is one of those instant judgements we automatically make about other people, affecting our behaviour towards them [1]. We wanted to know whether clinicians’ judgements of patients’ trustworthiness affected their estimation of patients’ pain [2]. There seem to be so many grounds on which the complaint and expression of pain is met … [Read more...]

Join BiM to test a new treatment for chronic low back pain

We all know what a problem low back pain is, not only for people who have it but also for the provision of health care and for its impact on national economies. That is as true for developing nations as it is for Australia, the UK, the USA and other western countries. I have just returned from a physiotherapy conference in Nepal where although … [Read more...]

Introducing Abby Tabor and pain at a distance

Abby has a very posh English accent, and clearly doesn't like granola bars.  She is working as a Research Assistant with the UniSA BiM team - getting to grips with what research life entails. What brought Abby out to Oz? Having done a degree at Kings College London, Mick Thacker's pain science lectures inspired Abby to delve into what lay behind … [Read more...]

Introducing Jane Bowering and counting sheep

Jane has an addiction to Vegemite, doesn't eat cereal, and is currently finishing her Honours in Physiotherapy degree. Jane is intending to do paediatrics physiotherapy, but we are hoping to sideswipe that plan and get her back to do a PhD. What is she doing at BiM? Jane is doing her honours project in pain research looking at low back … [Read more...]

Introducing Carolyn Berryman

Welcome to the first fruit of the Heidi Hurricane. Heidi thinks you should all meet the team.  The first one you are to meet is Carolyn Berryman.  Carolyn has been teaching with the Noisters (Neuro Orthopaedic Institute) for the last 10 years and finally got herself into research via a very competitive post-graduate scholarship. Not that she has … [Read more...]

Subgroups in low back pain – were the assumptions correct?

Quick reminder from last post: The aim of our study[1] was to evaluate the assumptions that were made when translating the individual study criteria[2-6] (eg, all the criteria from the original subgrouping studies) into the classification algorithm. To evaluate the impact of these changes made to the individual study criteria, we recruited 250 … [Read more...]

Watch my back buddy

Some time ago, a very impressive person by the name of Helen, came and had coffee at a pretty average cafe in Oxford, hoping to extend stuff we had done with left/right hand judgements to back pain.  She did a great job and we ended up publishing what I think is an interesting paper in British Journal of Sports Medicine.  Well, I have recently met … [Read more...]

We’re still looking for kids brains

It is still unknown how children distinguish the left side of their body from the right side of their body. It might seem trivial, but is an important question because the brain actually has to do some really spectacular stuff.  We don't know when kids' brains learn how to do this stuff.  We really want to find out.  We can easily test this … [Read more...]