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Understanding the complex mechanisms of acute and chronic pain

At the PIRL we are committed to exploring, unraveling, and understanding the complex mechanisms that can explain the experience of acute pain, the transition from acute to chronic pain, and the transition from pain-related disability back to health and well-being.  This requires coordinated, integrative research across a variety of disciplines cover the span from nature to nurture.

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Improving clinical measurement for more informed prognosis, treatment, and outcomes decisions

We have a strong background in psychometrics and clinical measurement.  Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are becoming the accepted standard for evaluating the effectiveness of clinical intervention.  Without sound measurement of key constructs, it is impossible to interpret the results of clinical trials.  We continue to develop new tools or refine existing ones, with the goal of valid, reliable and clinically-feasible measurement for all.

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Sharing knowledge, improving outcomes

At the end of it all, research means nothing if it doesn't find its way into the hands of those who can use it.  At the PIRL we have a keen interest in understanding how people learn, how clinical behaviours are developed and changed, and motivations for ongoing professional development.  Using knowledge exchange and translation techniques and theories drawn from a variety of fields, we pride ourselves on making sure new knowledge can lead to measurable improvements in patient outcomes.