Chronic Pain Ireland has been involved in many research initatives in Ireland and across Europe. Our members regularly contribute their knowledge and experiences in their role as patient participants. 

We have partnered on many projects with leading research bodies in Ireland:

    • Centre for Pain Research, NUI Galway
    • School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork
    • School of Allied Health, University of Limerick
    • World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick
    • Trinity College Dublin
    • School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, University College Dublin


The PRIME Study

The PRIME study was carried out by the Centre of Pain Research, NUI Galway. It was a seminal initiative because it was the first comprehensive study of chronic pain in Ireland. Chronic Pain Ireland and its members were heavily involved.

The study is irrefutable evidence of the health burden that chronic pain has on health services – and society as a whole – in Ireland. It is vital information that can be used to support and corroborate people with chronic pain in Ireland.

Learn more about the PRIME Study and its findings, including an overview by one of the researchers Prof Brian Maguire, joint Director of the Centre of Pain Research.

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    Health Research Board (HRB)

    Chronic Pain Ireland is part of a Priority Setting Partnership organised by the HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network. A PSP is a prioritisation process that brings together patients, carers, and healthcare professionals to identify and prioritise the unanswered questions they have about a specific topic. In this particular project, the focus is on managing chronic conditions in primary care.

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      The Brain, Mind and Pain Patient-Centred Innovation Grant (BMP Grant)

      The BMP grant is an initiative of Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and Grünenthal. It aims to identify, stimulate and encourage patient-centric and scientifically robust innovation in the domain of chronic pain and neurological disorders, to stimulate research and access to innovative treatments, to promote prevention and self-management approaches, to decrease stigma, and to work together to improve quality of life for people living with these disabling conditions.

      Chronic Pain Ireland is a partner in the two subsequent BMP grant-winning projects below, ASpida and CBT-1 World Café. These grants are helping us shape targeted solutions where our members are directly involved in the process.

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        Against Stigma pain intervention approaches (ASpida) is a research development program run in collaboration with the School of Applied Psychology, UCC and Chronic Pain Ireland. The scheme is an innovative, patient-led intervention approach which attempts to reduce stigma in individuals with chronic pain by developing an against-stigma, self-care programme to be delivered to local communities and integrated into Chronic Pain Ireland’s services.

        As a key stakeholder, Chronic Pain Ireland and its members have been involved at every stage from co-designing to implementing the programme. The programme teaches mindfulness, self-compassion and values-based living practices as antidotes to stigmatised behaviours.

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          CBT-I World Café

          CBT-I World Café is led by University of Limerick in partnership with Chronic Pain Ireland. The world cafe process enables structured conversation for knowledge sharing.

          In 2022, the CBT-I World Cafe project won the Brain, Mind and Pain Patient-Centred Innovation (BMP) Grant to look at the problem of poor sleep among people with chronic pain. The research project, part of UL researcher Abigail Brown’s PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. Kieran O’Sullivan and Dr Roisin Cahalan, will look at ways to enhance sleep among people with chronic pain, especially considering options other than medication.

            “The burden associated with both pain and poor sleep is large, and especially when they are experienced at the same time. We are delighted to have obtained funding for this project which is co-designed with Chronic Pain Ireland. This project will work with stakeholders, including clinicians and patients, to identify what options are available to people with pain who also report poor sleep, and how acceptable and effective these options are.”

            – Prof. Kieran O’Sullivan, University of Limerick

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            VR pain

            The UCD VR-PAIN project aims to improve pain science clinical reasoning skills in Physiotherapy Programmes in 3 universities across Europe by developing virtual reality scenarios.

            Brona Fullen, Associate Professor, UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science is undertaking this research project that aims to support the development of clinical education skills in pain management.

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              R.grid is a global network of research partners that streamline clinical operations and patient engagement. Chronic Pain Ireland has been registered since 2022.

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                Access Europe is a support and capacity-building programme for Irish civil society organisations to better access EU funds and engage in EU policy. It is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and delivered by The Wheel.

                Chronic Pain Ireland is registered and open to engaging with EU policy.

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