Welcome to the Discovery Zone

Welcome to the Discovery Zone!
We will look at what Research on pain is, how it works and how and why its important to people who live with pain. We will look at how you can access research results, how to read and interpret the results and also how to become involved in research yourself.
We are privileged to have some real leaders in the field contributing to this zone, so be assured the information here will be highly interesting and trusted. We also want to encourage feedback and what our visitors to the Festival want to see here and what they want to learn about.
Why we do research into pain?


How does it benefit people living with pain?
How do you learn more about research?
We discuss all of these questions and many more in this web-based event.


Its a static event so you will be able to dip in and out in your own time, and videos and information will be added over time so please keep checking back.

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How can you find good trusted research on Pain?

In this video Professor of Clinical Health Psychology at UCL, Amanda Williams explains:

*How to find good research on pain, including things to consider such as how it is funded.

*Who can you trust on the Internet – and how to find them.

*How do you apply what you find to your pain?

*Getting more involved in Research

(6 minute video)

What does Research mean and how it is conducted?

In this video Physiotherapist and Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow/DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford, Jackie Walumbe explains:

*What is Research?

*Quantitative Research

*How Trials work

*What is a Sham/Placebo or Waiting List Control

*Meta-Analysis or Systemic Reviews

*Statistical Outcomes

*Qualitative Research – real life observations looking at complexities not statistical analysis

(6 minute video)

The Gold Standard of Research Information – the Cochrane Review

Cochrane is an international network but with headquarters in the UK, it is registered as a not-for-profit organization.

Cochrane is for anyone interested in using high-quality information to make health decisions. Whether you are a doctor or nurse, patient or carer, researcher or funder, Cochrane evidence provides a powerful tool to enhance your healthcare knowledge and decision making.

Visit Cochrane


Cochrane is an internationally recognised gold standard that summarises the best evidence from research to help people make informed choices about treatment. It’s a great place to go to look for wide ranging and up to date research on many topics. They have a “plain language summary” of each review and are a neutral and unbiased source of information. They have no conflicting commercial interests and are a very trusted source.

In the next video Anna Erskine, Managing Editor of the Pain and Palliative and Supportive care Group (PaPaS) tells us more:

What is Cochrane?

Find out more after you’ve listened to Anna here:

About Cochrane


What does the Cochrane PaPaS Group do?

Produces reviews for Acute pain

Chronic Pain

Palliative and Supportive care

Headache and Migraine

The plain language summaries to search

Plain Language Summaries

if you want to do more advanced searches look here:

Advanced searches

How are patients and people with lived experience of pain involved?

Consumer peer reviewers

Plain Language summary review

Looking to broaden consumer involvement

How can Footsteps Festival listeners get involved?

Join the Cochrane Consumer Network

Join Cochrane

Contact Cochrane here

Contact Cochrane


This is a link to the Plain Language Summary for a recent review from Prof Amanda C de C Williams (Video 2) looking at psychological therapies for chronic pain (excluding headache) as an example of what Cochrane can offer.

Cochrane review of Psychological therapies for Chronic Pain


(5 Minute Video)

The complete playlist of Discovery Zone videos is here.


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