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    Richard
  • Last name
    Harrison
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    I am a postgraduate researcher within the CINN Pain lab at the University of Reading. My primary interest is understanding the interaction of psychological and pain mechanisms. I am currently involved in empirical evaluating pain and pain assessment during daycase hysteroscopy.
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    University of Reading
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    Pain Researcher

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    Hi there, I represent a team of researchers in Reading, who are submitting ethical approval for a project investigating pain research and knee surgery. Part of this process is receiving feedback from an NHS ethics committee and addressing this for the benefit of the science, patients and clinicians involved. One suggestion they have made is that we involve patients within the review of our information sheets, which detail the procedures (both medical & research) that they may consent to. There is no requirement of expertise or experience from any patient who wishes to be involved, we are just very eager to make sure our information is clear, free of jargon and doesn't come across as confusing or intimidating. The committee have indicated this is an optional recommendation, but it is one that I am very keen to engage with. As it's optional, we are unable to shift our deadline for this, and I would unfortunately need the documents reviewed and submitted by Thursday 26th November. If this is something that anybody would be willing to help us with, I'd be very grateful. One information sheet is 2 pages, and the other is 7 pages, if this offers a good idea of how much time it may require. My hope it it would take no more than 30 minutes. If you are able to volunteer your time, please contact me on rich.harrison@reading.ac.uk, and I will forward you the documents for your review. Once again, thank you in advance! Richard
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    In my opinion, there is a clear balance that needs to be addressed. The frequent use of hysteroscopy is an important clinical target, with multiple diagnostic benefits, especially regarding serious conditions wherein early diagnosis is important for beneficial clinical outcomes. It is also clear that the NHS has severe financial pressures, with this worsening year on year (not even mentioning Covid). Lastly, avoiding the use of general anaesthetic and sedation have benefits for patients, healthcare providers and the reduction of risk. However (and this is a large however), all of these benefits do not excuse the continued ignoring of a serious problem impacting a large proportion of women that undergo hysteroscopy. As a man, this is a trial I will never have to undergo. But the well-articulated reports I've read from women who have experienced intolerable pain and instances of remarkable absences of empathy are beyond troubling. Outside of my interest in hysteroscopy, my research focuses on pre-surgical pain assessments, and I am attempting to identify mechanisms that may indicate vulnerability to pain. My ambitions are the development of methods to stratify patients into risk categories for pain. It is clear that some women experience no pain or discomfort during hysteroscopy, where some experience the worst pain of their lives. If we can develop methods to cluster these patients before the procedure, then we could hopefully limit the frequency of this serious problem. However, until we can do this, it is unethical and inappropriate to advertise the procedure as being pain-free or low-pain, when my research indicates this is true in less than 10% of cases. Pain has an ability to leave an indelible mark on our characters, memories and self-worth. Medically, hysteroscopy represents a diagnostic procedure which much benefit, and it is crucial that women are not traumatised and scared off for life. The current National protocol requires an entire revamp, and I am very pleased to encounter so many campaigns raising awareness and fighting the battle on behalf of those who, otherwise, may find their voice is not loud enough to be heard. This was an excellent article, and I wish the Patient Safety Learning group and disenchanted hysteroscopy patients all of the best in their pursuit of change.
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