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Study to discuss your views on living with pain and working life


Thank you for your help with putting up a web notice asking for volunteers for the pain and work study based at the University of Bath. I have had a lot of participants, more than I hoped for, and am interviewing many resilient people, whose experiences are insightful and important.

It has been a real privilege to share peoples' views. I may need more participants after September, once I've analysed this data set, but for the moment I need to pause and ensure I do justice to the data I already have.

Would you be willing to discuss your views on living with pain and working life? Researchers are looking for people living with pain to discuss how it might affect the ability to work and sickness certification. This will be at your convenience; you can be interviewed either face-to-face or over the telephone, or participate in a local focus group.

You might want to discuss experiences with your GP and employer, the new fit note, and benefits.  We need to know more about how these issues are negotiated to improve the system.  All data will be kept confidential and all reasonable expenses paid. If you are interested in finding out more, and are 18 or over, please contact the study co-ordinator, Elaine Heaver,  at the Centre for Pain Research, University of Bath. (Study is over for the time being)

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