Professor Tamar Pincus, RHUL
A Biopsychosocial Approach to Pain: Navigating a Conundrum Wrapped in a Riddle
Pain is a common and useful experience: it warns about threat and injury to the body and demands attention and response. However, for some people the experience of pain continues with little evidence of injury and damage, and they become disabled and distressed. Professor Tamar Pincus will describe evidence suggesting that psychological processes play an important role in the perception and tolerance of pain, and in the transition to chronic pain states. She will describe how psychological theories have enabled the development of new interventions which may hold the key to alleviating suffering and reducing health-care costs in pain patients.