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Research and Publications


Hunter Integrated Pain Service (HIPS) has a strong focus on research and a track record of translating patient-focused research into improved clinical practices. A number of current and former HIPS staff have completed or are in the process of undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Masters By Research in fields related to chronic pain. HIPS is committed to evidence-based high-value care and ongoing research to support innovative practice.


Book Chapters

  1. Stanford J, Gomez-Martin M, Duncanson K, Brain K, Clarke ED, Burrows T, Collins CE. Digital health and nutrition. Chapter 15 in Digital Health Therapeutic Innovation Textbook; Clinical Practice for Nurses and Mental Health Professions. Editor in Chief Professor Rhonda Wilson RN CMHN PhD Springer Nature. (Submitted Oct 2023) Waiting for ISBN
  2. Hayes C, Rajappa H. Person centered pain medicine. In Mezzich J, Glare P (Eds) Person Centered Medicine. Springer, 2022.
  3. Hayes C, West C, Egger G. Rethinking Chronic Pain in a Lifestyle Medicine Context. In Egger G, Binns A, Rossner S (Eds) Lifestyle Medicine: Lifestyle, the environment and preventive medicine in health and disease (3rd Ed). Academic Press/Elsevier, London 2017
  4. Hayes C, Oak S. Transforming a pain clinic: using patient stories to integrate medical practice. In Broom B Transforming clinical practice using the mindbody approach. Karnac 2013
  5. Hayes C, West C, Egger G. Rethinking Chronic Pain in a Lifestyle Medicine Context. In Egger G, Binns A, Rossner S (Eds) Lifestyle Medicine: Managing diseases of lifestyle in the 21st Century (2nd Ed). McGraw-Hill, Sydney, 2011

Journal Publications

  1. Dong HJ, Brain K, Olsson M, Dragioti E, Gerdle B, Ghafouri B. Eating Habits and the Desire to Eat Healthier among Patients with Chronic Pain: A Registry-based Study. Scientific Reports [Under Review]. 2024.
  2. Abdel Shaheed C, Hayes C, Maher CG, Ballantyne JC,  Underwood M,  McLachlan AJ,  Martin JH,  Narayan SW,  Sidhom MA. Opioid analgesics for nociceptive cancer pain: a comprehensive review. CA Cancer J Clin. 2023; 1-28. doi:10.3322/caac.21823
  3. Kendurkar A, Wilson J, Sunderland M, Dunlop A, Hayes C, Marel C, Mills KL. Is post-traumatic stress disorder a risk factor for development of opioid use disorder among individuals with chronic non-cancer pain? A systematic review. British Journal of Pain 2023, https://doi.org/10.1177/20494637231202078
  4. Leake HB, Mardon A, Stanton TR, Hayes C et al. Key Learning Statements for Persistent Pain Education: An Iterative Analysis of Consumer, Clinician and Researcher Perspectives and Development of Public Messaging. Journal of Pain 2022, 23(11):1989-2001
  5. Elma Ö, Brain K, Dong HJ. The Importance of Nutrition as a Lifestyle Factor in Chronic Pain Management: A Narrative Review. J Clin Med. 2022;11(19):5950.
  6. Bandara EMIA, Kularathne WNI, Brain K, Weerasekara I. Safety and efficacy of therapeutic taping in primary dysmenorrhea: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Sci Rep. 2022 May 3;12(1):7146
  7. Brain K, Burrows T, Bruggink L, Malfliet A, Hayes C, Hodson F, Collins CE. Diet and Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: The State of the Art and Future Directions. J Clin Med. 2021;10(21):5203.
  8. Hayes C, Martin J. Lack of efficacy of cannabidiol for relieving back pain: time to re-set expectations? MJA 2021 https://doi.org/10.5694/mja2.51025
  9. Tardif H, Hayes C, Allingham SF. Opioid cessation is associated with reduced pain and improved function in people attending specialist chronic pain services. Med J Aust 2021 https://doi.org/10.5694/mja2.51031
  10. Deroover K, Siegrist M, Brain K, McIntyre J, Bucher T, A scoping review on consumer behaviour related to wine and health, Trends in Food Science & Technology. 2021;112: 559-580
  11. Whatnall MC, Skinner J, Pursey K, Brain K, Collins R, Hutchesson MJ, Burrows TL, Efficacy of dietary interventions in individuals with substance use disorders for illicit substances or illicit use of pharmaceutical substances: A systematic review, J Hum Nutr Diet. 2021.
  12. Lieschke G, Parker V, Smith A, Hayes C, Adrian J Dunlop AJ et al. Rapid realist review of opioid tapering in the context of long term opioid use for non-cancer pain in rural areas Med J Aust 2020 https://doi.org/10.5694/mja2.50881
  13. Kocanda L, Brain K, Frawley J, Schumacher T, May J, Rollo M, Brown L. The effectiveness and impact of nutrition interventions for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in rural communities: A systematic review. JHND. 2020.
  14. White R, Hayes C, Boyes AW, Paul CL. Integrated primary healthcare opioid tapering interventions: a mixed-methods study of feasibility and acceptability in two general practices in New South Wales, Australia. International Journal of Integrated Care, 2020; 20(4): 6, 1–11. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.5426
  15. Holliday S, Hayes C, Jones L et al. Prescribers or Multidisciplinarians? An Evaluation of Brief Education for General Practitioners on Chronic Pain Management. Health Education in Practice: Journal of Research for Professional Learning 2020;3(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.339 66/hepj.3.1.14146
  16. Rajappa H, Hayes C. People, medicine, and society: An overview of chronic pain management. Arch Med Health Sci 2020;8:68-74
  17. Bruggink L, Hayes C, Lawrence G, Brain K, Holliday S. Chronic Pain: Overlap and specificity in multimorbidity management. Aust J Gen Pract. 2019; 48(10): 689-692
  18. Brain K, Burrows TL, Rollo ME, Hayes C, Hodson FJ, Collins CE. The Effect of a Pilot Dietary Intervention on Pain Outcomes in Patients Attending a Tertiary Pain Service. Nutrients. 2019;11(1)
  19. Brain K, Burrows TL, Rollo ME, Chai LK, Clarke ED, Hayes C, Hodson FJ and Collins EC. A systematic review and meta-analysis of nutrition interventions for chronic noncancer pain. JHND. 2019; 32(2):198-225
  20. Rajappa H, Wilson, M, White R, Blanchard M, Tardif H, Hayes C. Prioritizing a sequence of short-duration groups as the standardized pathway for chronic noncancer pain at an Australian tertiary multidisciplinary pain service: preliminary outcomes. PAIN Reports: 2019; 4(5): e780. doi: 10.1097/PR9.0000000000000780
  21. White R, Hayes C, Boyes AW, Fitzgerald S, Rajappa H, Paul CL. Training primary care providers in opioid deprescribing and chronic pain management based on local guidance: a pre–post study of attitude change. 2019, Health Education in Practice: Journal of Research for Professional Learning 2019 vol. 2(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.33966/hepj.2.1.13209
  22. White R, Hayes C, Boyes AW, Chiu S, Paul CL. General practitioners and management of chronic noncancer pain: a cross-sectional survey of influences on opioid deprescribing. J Pain Research 2019;12:467-475. DOI: 10.2147/JPR.S168785
  23. Smith N, Jordan M, White R, Bowman J, Hayes C. Assessment of Adults Experiencing Chronic Non-Cancer Pain: A Randomized Trial of Group Versus Individual Format at an Australian Tertiary Pain Service. Pain Med. 2016 Feb;17(2):278-94. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnv048. PMID: 26814305.