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Pain Epidemiology Research

Research in pain epidemiology at Health Metrics is lead by Anna Grimby Ekman.

On-going projects

Identification of facilitating and limiting factors for successful outcome of pain management programs

Chronicle pain is a heavy burden for the affected individual, employers, health care and society at large. Pain management programs common at pain clinics in the country often contain both group and individual treatment, but lack knowledge about what factors are facilitating or restraining a successful outcome of the treatment.

With patient perspective, economic perspective and comparison of treatment components, the project aims to increase the knowledge about factors affecting the outcome of pain management programs and how patients best can be prepared to achieve a successful treatment.


Do individuals with chronic pain have a different pattern of pain thresholds and pain perception than healthy controls? The aim of the project is to, among individuals with chronic pain, assess the degree of pain days after exercise tests and the association with pain thresholds, biomarkers (cytokines and chemokines), autonomic balance, social support and self-assessed work capacity.

The project is a collaboration with Occupational and Environmental Medicine, read more about LoadPain on their website (in Swedish).

Master's theses

  • Lack of sleep as a predictor for chronic pain in a group of young adults
  • The role of sleep problems in a chronic pain group compared to a control group, with respect to the respons in pain thresholds after a physical activity


Contact Information

Anna Grimby Ekman, PhD

Senior lecturer & Docent, Health Metrics at the Sahlgrenska Academy

031-786 3123

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