From a researcher at Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS)
I am planning to develop a website which teaches some psychological coping strategies to help people over the age of 50 when they fracture a bone in their upper limb.
When people break their shoulders, arms, wrists or hands they either recover completely and return to life as normal or they can develop long term disability and pain from the fracture. People over the age of 50 are at a greater risk of developing long term disability and therefore I plan to focus on this patient group.
Research has found that if someone is confident to move whilst experiencing pain, if they are not worried about causing more damage and if they are actively involved in rehabilitation exercises, then they are more likely to recover completely. I have worked on previous research projects which taught patients very simple cognitive behavioural techniques to increase their self-management, confidence and to reduce their fear of movement. These cognitive behavioural techniques have proved very effective in chronic pain conditions (e.g. back pain) but they have not, as yet, been tested in acute injury populations (e.g. arm fracture). Fracture clinics are often very busy and consultation time is short. Now, with COVID-19 restrictions, face to face consultation time is reduced still further. Consequently, I want to develop a website which patients could use to go into more detail about their fracture rehabilitation journey and use cognitive behavioural self-help techniques.
I am looking for two or three patients who would be interesting in reading my draft proposal and developing the idea for submission to a funding body.
If you are over the age of 50, you have previously fractured your upper limb and you are interested in working with me on this proposal then please email me at email@example.com.
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Beth Fordham at firstname.lastname@example.org