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Research priorities in the field of posttraumatic pain and disability: Results of a transdisciplinary consensus-generating workshop
Pain Research and Management
  • David M. Walton, Western University
  • James M. Elliott, Northwestern University
  • Joshua Lee, Western University
  • Eldon Loh, Western University
  • Joy C. MacDermid, Western University
  • Siobhan Schabrun, Western Sydney University
  • Walter L. Siqueira, Western University
  • Brian D. Corneil, Western University
  • Bill Aal, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Trevor Birmingham, Western University
  • Amy Brown, Canadian Chiropractic Association
  • Lynn K. Cooper, Canadian Pain Coalition
  • James P. Dickey, Western University
  • S. Jeffrey Dixon, Western University
  • Douglas D. Fraser, Western University
  • Joseph S. Gati, Western University
  • Gregory B. Gloor, Western University
  • Gordon Good, Good Law Office
  • David Holdsworth, Western University
  • Samuel A. McLean, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Wanda Millard, Western University
  • Jordan Miller, McMaster University
  • Jackie Sadi, Western University
  • David A. Seminowicz, University of Maryland
  • J. Kevin Shoemaker, Western University
  • Gunter P. Siegmund, The University of British Columbia
  • Theodore Vertseegh, Western University
  • Timothy H. Wideman, McGill University
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© Copyright 2016 David M.Walton et al. Background. Chronic or persistent pain and disability following noncatastrophic 'musculoskeletal' (MSK) trauma is a pervasive public health problem. Recent intervention trials have provided little evidence of benefit from several specific treatments for preventing chronic problems. Such findings may appear to argue against formal targeted intervention for MSK traumas. However, these negative findings may reflect a lack of understanding of the causal mechanisms underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain, rendering informed and objective treatment decisions difficult. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute ofMusculoskeletalHealth and Arthritis (IMHA) has recently identified better understanding of causalmechanisms as one of three priority foci of their most recent strategic plan. Objectives. A 2-day invitation-only active participation workshop was held inMarch 2015 that included 30 academics, clinicians, and consumers with the purpose of identifying consensus research priorities in the field of trauma-relatedMSK pain and disability, prediction, and prevention. Methods. Conversations were recorded, explored thematically, and member-checked for accuracy. Results. From the discussions, 13 themes were generated that ranged from a focus on identifying causal mechanisms and models to challenges with funding and patient engagement. Discussion. Novel priorities included the inclusion of consumer groups in research from the early conceptualization and design stages and interdisciplinary longitudinal studies that include evaluation of integrated phenotypes and mechanisms.


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David M. Walton, James M. Elliott, Joshua Lee, Eldon Loh, et al.. "Research priorities in the field of posttraumatic pain and disability: Results of a transdisciplinary consensus-generating workshop" Pain Research and Management Vol. 2016 (2016)
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