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A Randomized Controlled Trial of Different Single Pain Education Sessions in Middle School Students: Immediate Effects

March 2, 2020 • Pain Science • Adriaan Louw, Jessie Podolak

EIM’s pain science team has a new research paper published in the Journal of Physiotherapy Pain Association. The team studied a single session of Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) to determine its effect on middle school students’ pain knowledge, beliefs regarding pain and fear of physical activity, as compared to traditional biomedical education.

Here are some key takeaways:

  • This was a multi-school randomized controlled trial set at 16 private and public 7th grade classrooms, and included 419 7th grade students.
  • Students received either a 30-minute PNE or traditional education in-person lecture by a physical therapist. Prior to and immediately following the lectures, students completed a knowledge of pain questionnaire (Neurophysiology of Pain Questionnaire – NPQ), fear of physical activity (Fear-Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire Physical Activity subscale – FABQ-PA) and beliefs regarding pain questionnaire.
  • Conclusions: A PNE lecture to middle school students, compared to TE focusing on biomedical education results in significant immediate differences in regards to pain knowledge, fear of physical activity in the presence of pain and various beliefs regarding pain.

You can access the full paper here.


Reference: Louw, A; Podolak, J; Benz, P; Landrus, R; DeLorenzo, J; Davis, C; Rogers, A; Cooper, K; Kruse, A; Kruse, B and Zimney, K. Pain and Rehabilitation Journal; (47); Summer 2019; 14-24.

Adriaan Louw

A physical therapist with 28 years of experience, Adriaan first became interested in chronic pain when he realized the models he was taught in school were ineffective. He has dedicated his career to changing the way pain is talked about and treated, in order to provide the best care for every patient. Current Roles: Vice-President...

Jessie Podolak

Jessie is a physical therapist with 21 years of experience and a passion for changing how pain is treated in the U.S., particularly when it comes to children. Current Roles: Clinician, Phileo Health LLC Program Director, EIM Fellowship in Pain Sciences Research: The clinical application of pain neuroscience, graded motor imagery, and graded activity with...

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