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Movement-evoked pain in patients with shoulder pain: what is the optimal way to assess it?

Grant number: 23/01937-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): May 01, 2023
Effective date (End): August 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal Investigator:Anamaria Siriani de Oliveira
Grantee:Mariana Vieira Volpi
Supervisor: Daniel Cury Ribeiro
Host Institution: Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto (FMRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Otago, New Zealand  
Associated to the scholarship:22/00611-9 - Shoulder Endurance Test and isokinetic testing in non-athletic individuals: cross-sectional study, BP.IC


Shoulder pain is often correlated with decrease in quality of life, psychological distress and reduced ability to work. In order to assess the shoulder girdle complex, it would be interesting to dispose of adequate clinical tools. Physical performance tests might be useful, in addition to other reliable measures of constructs such as pain, muscle strength, endurance and power. Those would enable a broad insight into the patient's upper limb condition, bringing up more information to facilitate prevention and treatment of shoulder-related conditions. The objective of the BEPE project is to provide the undergraduate student the opportunity to learn with a distinguished researcher in musculoskeletal disorders, gaining knowledge in methods of data analysis that are different from the ones used in the original Brazilian project, thus complementing the student's competence in the area of clinimetric properties of assessment tools for shoulder pain, such as validity and reliability. The current project's data was collected in a previous clinical trial executed by the New Zealand research group, and the undergraduate student form Brazil will actively participate in the data analysis. The student will also follow the data collection, processing, and interpretation of all current research projects overseen by Professor Ribeiro at the Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research. They will be able to discuss the findings of the original undergraduate project developed in Brazil. With this research internship, both the student and the Brazilian research group should be able to improve their knowledge of shoulder pain assessment and its validity to use it in further research. (AU)

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