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Dr Ed Keogh
Dr Ed Keogh

Internal News - 22 October 2007

Bath psychologist plays role in campaign to highlight effects of chronic pain in women

A Bath psychologist is taking part in an international campaign to raise awareness of the impact of chronic pain on women.

Dr Ed Keogh, a psychologist at the Pain Management Unit and the Department of Psychology, is part of a campaign task force for the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Last week the Association began a year-long global campaign to highlight the problem of pain in women, called “Real women, real pain”.

The Association believes that chronic pain affects a higher proportion of women than men around the world, but that women are also less likely to receive treatment compared to men.

This is due to various factors, including societal and cultural norms and economic and governmental barriers.

Through this campaign, the Association hopes to provide a voice to these women by drawing attention to this global issue, as a first step towards reducing pain and suffering for women around the world.

Throughout the year the Association’s members and chapters will be organising various programmes and events.

Dr Keogh spoke last week at a breakfast meeting at the House of Commons on sex differences in pain.

For further information about the campaign, including fact sheets, see Related Links.

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