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Airing Pain 17: Primary Care and Pain in the Brain

The health­care pro­fes­sion­als trans­form­ing pain man­age­ment, and we take a clos­er look at how pain is pro­duced by the brain

Air­ing Pain was at the launch of the British Pain Society’s Pri­ma­ry and Com­mu­ni­ty Care Spe­cial Inter­est Group where we heard from health­care pro­fes­sion­als who are work­ing to improve the man­age­ment of pain con­di­tions in the UK. The cru­cial role of GPs in recog­nis­ing and treat­ing pain was espe­cial­ly emphasised.

Plus, is pain all in the mind? Paul Evans learns about the sci­ence behind pain in the brain and the excit­ing stud­ies being done by Prof Irene Tra­cy and her team at the Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Brain Imag­ing Unit.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Pri­ma­ry care, sec­ondary care, brain imag­ing, med­ical research, pol­i­cy, mis­con­cep­tions, com­mu­ni­ty care, edu­ca­tion, edu­cat­ing health pro­fes­sion­als, vis­cer­al pain, pelvic pain, spinal pain, neck pain, mus­cu­loskele­tal pain, neu­ro­path­ic pain, painkillers and brain signals.


  • Pro­fes­sor Richard Lang­ford, BPS president
  • Dr Mar­tin John­son, RCGP clin­i­cal cham­pi­on for pain management
  • Dr Mark Porter, Celebri­ty GP and journalist
  • Pro­fes­sor Irene Tra­cy, Direc­tor of the Oxford uni­ver­si­ty brain imag­ing unit
  • Ms Ann Tay­lor, Pain com­mu­ni­ty cen­tre, Speak­er at event.


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