Based on research by Dr Verena Hinze, the animation was co-developed with young people with chronic pain, their parents, and clinicians at the Oxford Centre for Children & Young People in Pain.
Dr Hinze said:
I am very grateful to all the participating young people, their parents, and the clinical team at the Oxford Centre for Children & Young People in Pain for giving their time so generously to participate in this project and for sharing their invaluable insights.
It is really fascinating to see the suggestions that young people came up with, including the importance of having hope for a better future."
The animation is now starting to be shared with schools as a pain education tool for young people with chronic pain and their teachers and peers.
Research is now focusing on the relationship between chronic pain and emotional distress in order to identify how to better support young people with chronic pain in the future.
This work has been supported by the University of Oxford’s Public and Community Engagement with Research Seed Fund, the Stiftung Oskar-Helene-Heim and the Oxford Precision Psychiatry Lab as part of the NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre.