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Would you like to:

  • Become an advisor on research steering committees
  • Give independent feedback on clinical trial protocols
  • Participate in the development of new medical devices
  • Take part in research questionnaires and surveys

Patient feedback is an important part of modern clinical research. As the UK’s only charity dedicated to back pain, BackCare is uniquely placed – connecting patients, doctors, researchers and industry to help turn the tide on back pain.

If you suffer from back pain and would like to get involved with research, please see the various opportunities below:

Anxiety and Chronic Pain Study

My name is Amy Dowse and I am a Computer Science PhD student at Queen Mary University of London. My research focuses on technology – mobile apps in particular – to support people who experience both anxiety and chronic pain.

I am currently asking people who experience anxiety with chronic pain and own an iPhone to take part in a study which involves using an anxiety-focused app, ‘Here’, in their day to day lives.

The study is made up of four parts:

  • Participants complete a 10 minute questionnaire asking them about their views on anxiety-focused apps and their experience of anxiety and pain
  • Participants use ‘Here’ for four weeks as and when they need to – there is no minimum level of engagements needed – the app will also track usage data
  • Participants complete another 10 minute questionnaire asking them about their views on anxiety-focused apps, reflecting on their time using ‘Here’, and their experience of anxiety and pain
  • Participants take part in a 30-60 minute interview which asks some more detailed questions about their time using ‘Here’

To take part, participants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 18+
  • Currently living in the UK
  • Experience anxiety
  • Own an Apple smartphone
  • Are stable on any treatment (3+months)
  • Are not anticipating any changes to any treatment for the duration of the study
  • Are not classed as vulnerable – specifically not aged 65+, or have learning disabilities, or have cognitive impairment

Below is a direct link to the form where you can register your interest:


I have also included a link to my project website so that you can see the wider research I am carrying out:

Thank you
Amy Dowse