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Consortium to Research Individual, Interpersonal and Social Influences in Pain (CRIISP)

Our research will focus on how people perceive pain and how others affect their pain, as well as considering wider social and environmental influences on pain.


£3.8 million

Project status

In progress


1 Jul 2021 to 30 Jun 2025

Project overview

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 Consortium to Research Individual, Interpersonal and Social Influences in Pain (CRIISP) 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).


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Project phases

Our work will involve people with pain at each stage to ensure our it is guided by the way pain affects people's lives.

Phase 1

We will start by exploring existing evidence (previous research) to identify the things that have the greatest effect on pain, and what measures and methods best reflect lived experience.

We will ask people with pain which factors are most important and test those factors in existing large datasets.

Phase 2

We will carry out new studies on a selection of psychological and social factors, explore how they contribute to pain, and observe how people live with pain.

Phase 3

We will bring all the research together and share the data and tools we develop with pain researchers.

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