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Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist

About me: I trained as an occupational therapist, and graduated in 1984. Since then I’ve continued study at postgraduate level and my papers have included business skills, ergonomics, mental health therapies, and psychology. I completed by Masters in Psychology in 1999, and started my PhD... Full Bio
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e-Therapy: online CBT programmes for people with chronic pain by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain There are many problems with helping people access timely and appropriate chronic pain management programmes. In the US, comprehensive multi or inter-disciplinary programm ... Read on »
Routines, habits, boredom & variety: Life skills for living with chronic pain? by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I’ve just had a wonderful week on holiday. I escaped the internet, social media, telephones, power, flushing toilets, running water… and it was awesome! There’s something ... Read on »
The OOV – Fabulous or familiar? by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I love gadgets! New, innovative, groovy – I feel special when I have a new toy to play with. I justify my pleasure by saying “Oh it saves me SO much time”, or “I can do SO ... Read on »
Pain is not a “thing” by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I’m reading some fascinating books at the moment. I’m such a pain geek I take pain books away with me on holiday! Anyway, the two books to hit me between the eyeballs ... Read on »
Fabulous FREE pain education resource from Cardiff University by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain It’s amazing what you find on the interwebs. Thanks to Pete Moore from Pain Toolkit - you can find him on Twitter as @paintoolkit2 – I’ve been introduced to Cardiff Univer ... Read on »
…but I thought a new knee would fix my pain! by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Working in an orthopaedic surgery department is quite enlightening. Along with discussions about ceramic vs metal implants and cartilage regeneration (I work with a te ... Read on »
I’m so easily distr….oooh look! Shiny! by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple way to help people avoid focusing on their pain, allowing them to just watch a TV programme or something, and not be bothere ... Read on »
Numbers on a scale: How bad did you say your pain was? by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Have you ever been asked to give your pain rating on a scale of 0 – 10 (where 0 = no pain at all and 10 = most extreme pain you can imagine)? Have you ever tried to wo ... Read on »
Men and women: we’re different. by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Men are outnumbered by women when it comes to having chronic pain. I don’t know the actual figures, but in almost every epidemiological study of chronic pain, it’s women w ... Read on »
“If I do that, I’ll be in more pain and won’t sleep and …” Tampa... by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain The fear avoidance (or pain-related fear and avoidance) model has given the clinical pain management community much to think about. Based on the “phobia” paradigm, the ... Read on »
How does chronic pain management work? A self concept hypothesis by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain In my previous post looking at how chronic pain management works , I put forward the hypothesis that “What DOES change is [people's] self efficacy or belief that th ... Read on »
How does chronic pain management work? A hypothesis to ponder by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain There have been increasing calls for clinicians and researchers to move away from using grouped results from randomised controlled studies because these fail to distinguis ... Read on »
Pain management and the political by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain There are only a few more weeks before a general election in New Zealand. This means the usual rounds of promises, muck-racking, hoardings and defaced hoardings. As I brow ... Read on »
Should we take their word for it? Patient-reported vs observed functional outcomes by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Pain is a subjective experience. There’s no direct means to measure what it is like to be in pain. Disability, or the impact of pain on what we do in daily life is, on the ... Read on »
Pacing – Activity management concepts (a longer than usual post) by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain In the literature recently there’s been a flurry of activity around pacing as a concept. When I first wrote about pacing I couldn’t find very much that had been published, ... Read on »
Coalface conversations by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Knowing about something doesn’t hit the heart or mind nearly as well as doing it. As regular readers of my blog will know, I teach various aspects of pain management to po ... Read on »
Better ways to meet the needs of people with chronic pain by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I’ve worked in chronic pain management in New Zealand for about 20 years. In that time I have never, ever heard of a chronic pain management centre without a waiting list. ... Read on »
How much attention to psychosocial issues? by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I’ve been asked, from time to time, to give some sort of screening questions or questionnaires that medical practitioners can use in their practice, so that I can avoid co ... Read on »
An apology to the Australasian Faculty of Musculoskeletal Medicine by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Some months ago I wrote a blog post about fibromyalgia, and mentioned that a group of clinicians seem to believe that psychosocial issues are not important when nociceptio ... Read on »
Complex regional pain syndrome: yes, it’s complex by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Complex regional pain sydrome or “CRPS” (pronounced CRIPS) is an enigma. It’s complex. It involves different body systems. It’s very, very painful, and it can be incredib ... Read on »