Methods for studying naturally occurring human pain and their analogues


Moore, D. J., Keogh, E., Crombez, G. and Eccleston, C., 2013. Methods for studying naturally occurring human pain and their analogues. Pain, 154 (2), pp. 190-199.

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    Methods for investigating human pain have been developed over the last 100 years. Typically, researchers focus on people with clinical pain, or on healthy participants undergoing laboratory-controlled pain-induction techniques focussed mostly on exogenously generated skin nociception. Less commonly investigated are acute pain experiences that emerge naturally. Six common painful complaints were identified: headache, muscular pain, visceral pain, menstrual pain, dental pain, and pain associated with upper respiratory tract infection. Methods used to recruit participants with the natural occurrence of each pain complaint were identified, and features of their use reviewed. Also reviewed were experimental analogues designed to mimic these pains, with the exception of menstrual pain. Headache and menstrual pain appear to be most effectively researched in their naturally occurring form, whereas muscle and dental pain may be more easily induced. Upper respiratory tract infection and abdominal pain provide further challenges for researchers. Summary guidance is offered, and directions for methods development outlined.


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    CreatorsMoore, D. J., Keogh, E., Crombez, G. and Eccleston, C.
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    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
    Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
    Research CentresCentre for Pain Research
    Publisher StatementMethods_for_studying_naturally_occurring_human_pain_and_their_analogues_Opus.pdf: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in PAIN. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in PAIN, vol 154, issue 2, 2013, DOI 10.1016/j.pain.2012.07.016
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