Perception
(how we frame, understand and interpret pain)
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Pain interrupts and demands our attention.

Living with pain can be fraught with uncertainty and shape our beliefs and thoughts. 

The focus:

Many people who live with chronic pain are uncertain about what is causing their pain. Many believe something more serious may be underlying their pain that doctors don’t know about yet.

The Upside:

How parents and children pay attention to and think about pain can fundamentally change their pain experience. We believe we can change this.

What we champion:

We’re learning that where we put our attention and the uncertainty we experience about pain are drivers of how we live with pain. This unfolds in the interactions we have with others. Changing how we communicate with each other about pain can improve the experience.

Explore more of our work involving Perception

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Chronic Pain and Veterans Study

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Pain and Mental Health in Youth (PATH) Study