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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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Using the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Over the past few months I’ve been using the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire (CPAQ-8) as part of a battery of questionnaires used at intake and outcome measures.  A ... Read on »
What matters: patient-determined outcomes and clinician/researcher outcomes by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain It’s easy to forget, sometimes, that when we choose an outcome measure, we need to seriously consider who will use the measures in the end.  Of course, I am assuming t ... Read on »
Self efficacy and fear of movement mediate pain intensity and disability in acute pain by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Most clinicians working in chronic pain management are well aware that the time it takes for people to finally be referred for management of their pain is far too long ... Read on »
“Oh wad some power the giftie gie us To see oursel’s as others see us! It wad frae... by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain That quote from Robbie Burns. For such a long time it seems that pain research has focused only on the person having pain and less on the social context where the ... Read on »
What is this thing called pain? by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain As I’m busy writing up research papers for publications to “count” towards my research productivity, I’m reminded of one reason I keep on blogging – and it’s this: blo ... Read on »
Black and white thinking must be abolished by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain Black and white thinking, for those readers unfamiliar with cognitive distortions, refers to the tendency to reduce complex ideas and situations into simple, dichotomous, ... Read on »
What to do about catastrophising even when you’re not a psychologist by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain OK, it’s time I stopped the suspense.  This post is about what to do about catastrophising even when you’re a physiotherapist, massage therapist, acupuncturist, nurse, ... Read on »
Quick update from earthquake city by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain The aftershocks seem to have slowed a little, and they are not as powerful so hopefully things will settle down a bit. We still don’t have water, so we’re having to use o ... Read on »
Wobbles in the Quakey Isles by Bronwyn T. Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Pain By now, if you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I’m from Christchurch, NZ, and yes, we’ve had a few earthquakes recently! I’m happy to report that while we ... Read on »
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 »