Event could be up to 2 hours - to be determined
17. What will the format of your event be?:
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
20. Venue requirements:
To be discussed. This will depend on funding to engage with Skimstone Arts and whether this becomes part of the event. The event could be on campus but may be better placed elsewhere to engage with children and grandparents. Audience level below indicates teenagers but we may look to engage with slightly younger children.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
The overall aim of the study is to achieve a deep understanding of the consequences of ageing with chronic pain and, through this, to develop innovative ways in which older people can possess the knowledge, skills and confidence to live independently at home in the presence of self-managed pain. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach which emphasises the interconnections between chronic pain, physical and emotional functioning, material resources and social aspects of the everyday lives of older adults, as played out in their particular social context and linked to their earlier biographies, we are: 1. Investigating the attitudes and approaches adopted by general practitioners, primary care teams, pain clinics and older adults towards pain management in older age; 2. Measuring the economic consequences of pain in later life; 3. Working with older adults to enhance existing resources and to develop working prototypes of new, innovative materials (e.g. written & audiovisual, including web-based resources) which will provide practical advice & help to older adults living with pain in the community; and 4. Exploring with older adults acceptable & feasible ways to disseminate and deliver these self-help materials. The proposed presentation at the science festival will be based on work specifically arising from (3) and (4) above. We already know that there are problems with a lack of understanding of chronic pain by those experiencing it and by those with whom they interact. From our findings, there were clear references to the value of family and to the distance that pain can put between the person and their family; the help of grandchildren was valued in the lives of older people. This supports previous research which also found that grandparents wanted their grandchildren to be "educated" about chronic pain. Subsequently, and as a result of discussions with older people in our focus groups, we developed an innovative approach to education about chronic pain: a comic book (produced by Medikidz.com, a company specialising in providing health information for young children and teenagers). We would present a ‘workshop’ as part of the City Programme aimed at children and grandparents with excerpts from the Medikidz comic book and including opportunities for Q&A. If there is funding available, we would work with an arts group such as Skimstone Arts (http://skimstone.org.uk/) to provide dramatisation from the comic book and to ensure that the presentation is both informative and fun. We have had previous experience of working with Skimstone Arts in the HEIF funded ‘Being Visual’ events at NU: their contribution was very well received and very reasonably priced. Skimstone are based in Newcastle and supported by Northern Rock Foundation, Community Foundation, and Newcastle City Council.
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24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
EOPIC presented ‘Self –management of Chronic Pain’ at the British Science Festival Event in Aberdeen this year. 53 people attended and 28 evaluation forms were completed. 71% evaluated the session as good/excellent. This event would be distinct from Aberdeen 2012. Derek Jones and Amanda Clarke are involved from NU. The other PIs in the study are: Blair H. Smith (University of Dundee) Denis Martin (Teesside University), Paul McNamee (University of Aberdeen), and Patricia Schofield (Greenwich University). Professor Denis Martin from Teesside University has led this part of the EOPIC study and would be the main presenter (with Derek Jones, NU) at the festival; Clarke and Jones (NU) will liaise with Skimstone (or another identified partner) to develop the performance component of the workshop.
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10. Which of the following areas of science does your event best fit into?:
Medical Sciences 
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