Persistent post-surgical pain – Invitation to participate in research study

Liverpool John Moores University are currently recruiting participants to take part in a research study looking at the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based intervention in preventing the development of persistent post-surgical pain (PPSP) following hysterectomy surgery.

PPSP is an adverse consequence of some routine surgical procedures affecting up to 50% of individuals. Following hysterectomy, acute pain is to be expected but some women may develop pain which lasts much longer than the expected recovery period for their surgery.

The purpose of this research is to target pre-surgical anxiety using mindfulness-based techniques, in order to potentially reduce the likelihood of PPSP developing.


A large body of research shows that mindfulness techniques are effective in reducing acute and chronic pain, as well as in helping individuals manage conditions such as depression and generalised anxiety disorder; however, the effectiveness of these techniques in relation to the development of PPSP has not yet been tested.

If you are due to undergo hysterectomy surgery due to benign causes* before 12th August 2013 or have undergone surgery in the last 4 weeks, are over 18 and are interested in taking part in this study, please contact Rebecca Hort-Atkinson ( who will be running the experiments, for more information.

*If you are undergoing surgery due to malign causes such as such as cancer of the cervix, ovaries, uterus and/or fallopian tubes, you will unfortunately, not be able to take part at this time.

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