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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:

NHS are looking for patients that have received physiotherapy for sciatica in the NHS.

Aged 70 or older – We would like to hear about your experiences to help us to design a research study.
The meeting is via Zoom – Sep or Oct 2021.

Please contact: Lucy Dove 
(Physiotherapist and Researcher, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital)

University of the West of Scotland are looking for individuals with chronic pain aged 18+ to take part in a 45-60 minute interview over Zoom

Anyone who lives in Scotland, that has chronic pain and that has made a treatment/healthcare decision can take part. The purpose of the study is to examine individuals with chronic pain and members of the general population’s views on and experiences of medical shared decision-making (the conversation that happens between a patient and their healthcare professional to reach a health care choice together).

For more information or to take part please contact

Pain Research group at University Liverpool are currently recruiting participants with chronic pain, as well as participants without pain, for an online study on memory and attention.

We are investigating which aspects of memory and attention work differently in people with and without chronic pain, whether these abilities are related to specific features of chronic pain, and how stable they are over time.

The study takes place online via Gorilla platform and involves questionnaires and experimental tasks completed on your computer (not compatible with smartphones or tablets) in one or two sessions, each taking up to 50 minutes. You will answer some questions about yourself, your current mood, sleep, level of fatigue, and pain. In different tasks, you will see letters and images presented on the screen, and sounds played through your headphones. You will need to detect specific letters or tell apart different images or sounds presented one after another with short time delays. After the first session, you will be invited to complete a second similar session 1 week later, although it is not obligatory to complete both.
This study is open to those who experience chronic pain (persistent or recurring pain for the past 3 months or more) and those who do not experience chronic pain. Male and female participants between 18-65 years old, who have normal or corrected to normal vision and hearing (e.g. with glasses, contact lenses or hearing aids), are welcome to participate. You should not take part if you have a history of neurological disorders (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative disease, epilepsy).
As a compensation for your time, you will receive a £7 Amazon voucher for completing the first session, or a £14 Amazon voucher for completing both sessions.

If you would like to take part, please email to receive a personalised link to the study. Please quote ‘memory study’ in your email. Note there may be a delay of up to 3 working days for us to process your request and send you a link.

If you have any questions about the study please contact the researchers at

Pain Research group at University Liverpool are recruiting for a study to understand preferences for social support during pain.
To participate you must:
  • Have chronic pain
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be fluent in English
  • Currently be in a relationship

You will be required to complete an online survey which includes a series of short questionnaires and short video clips. Some questions ask about your experience of pain and your preferences whilst in pain regarding the presence of, and interactions with, your partner and healthcare professionals. The survey will take between 30-45 minutes. Participation in this study is voluntary and you will receive a £5 Amazon voucher for taking part.

To participate please email: to request a link.
Once you have received the link, please click on or copy and paste the link into your browser in order to complete the survey.

Warwick University are undertaking a Study of Mental Defeat in Chronic Pain (WITHIN Project), at the University of Warwick.

They are currently looking for volunteers (UK-only) aged 18-65 with chronic pain conditions to complete a short online questionnaire

Newcastle University are seeking participants living in chronic pain for their online research.

For more information or to participate in the research follow this link:

An opportunity for patients to share their experiences and help design a research study.

If this is you, then please get in touch. @xlgriffin @SallieLamb18


Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh are seeking participants for their research into the employment experiences of living in chronic pain in Scotland.

They are seeking chronic pain sufferers and employers.
For more information or to take participate in the reaserch go to:

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