Engaging Older People and their carers to develop Interventions for the self-management of Chronic pain

Professor Pat Schofield

Professor Schofield currently works in the University of Greenwich leading the research agenda around pain, ageing and/or dementia. She leads a number of multidisciplinary collaborative projects within the UK in the field and is working with collaborations in Europe, the US, Canada and Hong Kong.

Professor Schofield has completed a number of funded post-doctoral projects around pain management in older adults and palliative care. She has also worked with groups of older adults providing them with research training, literature searching and developing service user led research projects.

Professor Schofield is currently involved in three major programme of research around pain in older adults. The first is a cross council programme of research under the Lifelong Health and Well-Being banner which is Engaging with Older Adults in Designing and Developing Strategies for the Self Management of Chronic Pain (EOPIC) and the second project is New technologies to support older people at home: maximising personal and social interaction funded by dot.rural and the third project is an EU funded programme Pain Assessment in Patients with Impaired Cognition, especially Dementia. She has presented her work at a number of conferences in the UK and abroad and has many books and publications in the area.

Currently Professor Schofield leads a cross Kent and university collaboration around ageing, dementia and pain. She leads the guideline development group supported by the BPS/BGS developing guidelines for the management of pain in older adults. To be published in 2013. She is also leading the development of guidelines for the assessment of pain in older adults.

Professor Schofield is chair of the British Pain Society – Pain in Older Adults, Special Interest Group and chair of IASP Subcommittee on Education (Pain in Older Adults SIG) and is leading the BPS/BGS collaborative working group on pain.