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Seeking information about chronic pain using the internet and social media

08 September 2020

We are looking for young adults to take part in a study exploring people's experiences of searching the internet for information about chronic pain (sometimes called ‘persistent’ or ‘long-term’ pain). Some examples of chronic pain include fibromyalgia, persistent headaches, and joint pain. This study is an interview study, which uses online video calling.

If you are interested in taking part, you would first need to take part in a 10-minute ‘screening’ interview.


  • Aged 16-24 years.
  • Bodily pain lasting 3-months or longer.
  • Permanent UK resident.
  • Chronic pain condition e.g. Fibromyalgia, arthritis, persistent headaches and/ or jaw pain, joint pain, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), hypermobility syndrome, IBS-related pain, and others (self-diagnosed pain may be accepted, please enquire).

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Ethical approval

University of Southampton ERGO reference: 56803

About the researcher

My name is Anna and I am a researcher in health and medical psychology. My PhD project focuses on managing chronic pain in adolescents and young adults. I am always happy to answer any questions you have about this work, so please do get in touch if you are unsure about anything.

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