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Studies to date assessing pain in Africa populations have been carried out in individuals attending public healthcare facilities. To determine whether the factors that associate with pain are due to sociocultural reasons or poverty could be determined by assessing the same factors in individuals attending private healthcare facilities.

 

Prescription of analgesic medicines in the UK. There has been a major increase in awareness of the potential dangers of analgesic medications (e.g., addiction to opioids, and GIT/CVS complications of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). The aim of this project is to explore regional and temporal variations in the prescription of analgesic medications by General Practitioners (GP) in the UK over the past 7 years. This project involves secondary data analysis, and although not essential, experience using R Statistical Software and/or geo-mapping data will be useful.   

HONORARY RESEARCH STAFF:

Doctor Andreas Themistocleous,  University of Oxford, UK

Collaborators:

Prof Romy Parker, University of Cape Town

Prof Tamar Pincus and Dr Michael Evangeli, Royal Holloway University of London

Dr Oliver van Hecke, University of Dundee, UK

Prof F Venter and Dr Alinda Vos, WRHI, Wits

Mamakiri Khunwane, PHRU, Wits

STUDENTS:

PhD

Prinisha Pillay - Incidence of peripheral sensory neuropathy in HIV-positive individuals on tenofovir-based highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART)

Imraan Patel  - Hypercholesterolaemia as a risk factor for distal symmetrical polyneuropathy

Temitope Fagbohun - Development of a neuropathy pain screening tool in isiZulu

Anne Ioannides - Pain epidemiology: trends from big data

Masters

Andani Ratshinanga - Investigation of factors influencing daily activity, and the experience and disclosure of pain in rural South African women

John Mohale - Investigation of factors influencing daily activity, and the experience and disclosure of pain in rural South African men

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