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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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A brief review of cognitive behavioural approaches for pain management by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Cognitive behavioural approaches for pain management are not exactly the same as cognitive behavioural therapy for mental health problems.  While there are some underl ... Read on »
Catastrophising and Pain (ii) by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain What are some of the indications that someone tends to catastrophise about their pain? How do we know? Do we have to use a questionnaire? Is it really my job to know a ... Read on »
Pain behaviours persist… by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I’m taking a tiny detour from the world of catastrophising – but only a tiny one because catastrophising is associated with greater levels of pain behaviour, and of co ... Read on »
Catastrophising and pain (i) by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain One reason I love blogging is the discussion between me and readers. I wrote about the language of pain recently, and out of that discussion I’ve spent a few days digg ... Read on »
The language of pain by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Have you ever wondered about the ways we communicate our pain? Pain behaviour doesn’t just include nonverbal communication – one of the main ways we communicate our pa ... Read on »
Catastrophising and (maybe) what to do about it for subacute/chronic pain by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain This post is written primarily for non-psychologists, like a few of my recent ones! This is because I think it’s vital that we avoid ring-fencing aspects of pain manag ... Read on »
More “Psychological stuff isn’t in my scope of practice” so what can I do? by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I promised there would be more on this topic – it’s a popular one and full of vexing questions.  I left off yesterday, after making four points that IMHO might help incor ... Read on »
“Psychological stuff isn’t in my scope of practice” so what can I do? by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain A common cry from various clinicians who work in the field of pain management but who are not psychologists is “but now what?” when they recognise that a key factor in ... Read on »
Working inside the envelope – or pushing the boundaries by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain There is something very satisfying about reading a well-designed and beautifully written research paper. Not only can it produce some helpful answers (and usually pose ... Read on »
A new way of looking at coping, maybe? by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it. ~Sidney Howard Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, f ... Read on »
Establishing routines and baselines: Recording daily schedules by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I don’t know about you, but I’m not the world’s best at noting down every activity I do during a day.  I get engrossed in the thing I’m doing and I often get interrupt ... Read on »
Establishing routines and baselines: Baseline recording by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain One of the problems novice clinicians often complain about is that journals and research papers rarely examine or provide practical approaches to daily problems that are e ... Read on »
Friday Funnies by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain It’s been a while since I posted a Friday Funnies – my apologies. I’m happy to say that despite this lack, my sense of humour has remained intact, fed by regular dollops o ... Read on »
Daily routines: a framework for healthy living by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I’m working with a couple of people who are having a good deal of trouble maintaining a routine.  Things like having a reasonably regular bedtime and wakeup time, eati ... Read on »
Talking about it: is it worth encouraging emotional disclosure for people with pain? by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain One of the more common coping strategies for people with chronic pain is talking about stressful experiences. It’s thought to be healthy to be open and express feelin ... Read on »
What is coping? by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain When we use the word ‘coping’, what do we mean? Recently, I’ve been reviewing the whole concept of coping in chronic pain.  I’m trying to establish how people with c ... Read on »
Moodjuice! by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I had a nice email from James Hardie from Moodjuice website , an NHS Scotland site developed for both health professionals and individuals to access self help resources. ... Read on »
What do people expect when they get referred to a pain management centre? by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain It can take years for someone to be referred to a pain management service. In fact, in a study of patients accepted into the three week pain management programme at Bu ... Read on »
“It’s there and I’m stuck with it” – chronic knee pain after knee... by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain I share an office with an Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He snorted at me one day, and showed me the stats from our national joint register database whe ... Read on »
Making self-help more helpful by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain One of the things that appeals about self-managing chronic pain is that it doesn’t require endless appointments. If life is for living, why spend it sitting in a wait ... Read on »