Biopsychosocial predictors/correlates of pain in obese adults

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Jessica Allen
This research aims to investigate the biopsychosocial correlates of the relationship between pain and obesity. Obese individuals are more likely to suffer from pain than normal weight individuals. This is generally attributed to biological (e.g. inflammation, mechanical strain) contributors to pain. However, the pain literature suggests that psychological (e.g. depression, anxiety), and social (e.g. support, stigma, socio-economic status) factors also have important influences on pain experiences.
This research includes two projects addressing these gaps in the literature; a systematic review of the biological, psychological, and social correlatesof pain in obese adults, and a cross-sectional study exploring biopsychosocialpredictors of pain in obese adults seeking bariatric surgery. The aim this research is to inform understanding and treatment of pain in obese adults by exploring the possible contribution of biopsychosocial factors. The results of this research will help to direct future research exploring the relationship between obesity and pain in order to prevent and treat pain in obese adults.

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Associate Professor Leah Brennan Principal Supervisor

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