Principal Investigator: Professor Gary Macfarlane
Department: Epidemiology Group
Institution: University of Aberdeen
School of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Aberdeen
Foresterhill, AB25 2ZD
This project will investigate the epidemiology of chronic pain. It will
- how common pain is at individual sites throughout the body as well as “widespread body pain”;
- the factors associated with the reporting of pain including demographic (age, sex, socioeconomic status), lifestyle factors (smoking , alcohol, physical activity);
- other health related factors reported with pain (e.g. fatigue and mood disorders);
- whether persons who report pain also report markers of poor cardiovascular (heart) and respiratory (lung) health and whether their lifestyle puts them at an increased risk of cancer;
- the relationship between reporting of pain and history of falls and fractures.
The project meets UK Biobank’s purpose by researching common and
disabling symptoms in the population with a view to further
understanding their aetiology. Such knowledge will help to inform the
design of future trials to optimise management.
This application requires only data on the full cohort. It requires linkage
to cancer incidence and mortality data (as and when it becomes
available), and requires baseline data on lifestyle and psychosocial
factors, medical conditions, bone densitometry and blood pressure.