Psychological factors, such as thoughts and feelings; and social factors, including personal relationships and lifestyle can affect chronic pain alongside biological factors.
We don’t fully know which of these are most important, or how they combine to affect people’s experience of pain. To find out what is important, this project will focus on how people think and feel about pain and how relationships with others affect their pain, while considering wider social and environmental influences on pain.
At each stage of the project, researchers will be guided by the experiences of people living with pain.
This project is part of the Advanced Pain Discovery Platform (APDP), a five-year, £24 million initiative supported by the UKRI Strategic Priorities fund, aiming to break through the complexity of pain by establishing a national platform delivering discovery and early translational science.
This is a joint and equal investment from UKRI and the charity Versus Arthritis through the APDP initiative. For UKRI, the initiative is led by the Medical Research Council (MRC), with support from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).