I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research (CHARR), School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, New Zealand.
My research areas of interest has two main themes. The first theme focuses on understanding the biopsychosocial and cultural factors underpinning persistent pain. Particularly, I am interested in co-creating and evaluating behavioural intervention technologies (e.g. websites/mobile apps/online-delivered treatments) that are culturally appropriate to facilitate self-management in people living with long-term conditions including persistent pain - Pain BITS (https://www.otago.ac.nz/physio/research/ageing/otago666197.html). The Pain BITS programme has the potential to empower patients to make informed decisions as well as inform clinicians to recommend and integrate behavioural intervention technologies in clinical practice.
The second theme is aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people with disability. My PhD work investigated the mechanical and non-mechanical factors influencing persistent back pain in people with leg-amputations. I am currently involved as a co-investigator in projects focusing on improving accessibility to parks and playgrounds for people with disability and developing care pathways for people using non-invasive ventilation.
Digital Posters by Hemakumar Devan
THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF PEOPLE WITH PERSISTENT PAIN: A COMPARISON BETWEEN A BRIDGES APPROACH AND USUAL CARE PAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME
APS NZPS 2018
SELF-MANAGEMENT WEBSITES FOR PEOPLE WITH PERSISTENT PAIN: A SCOPING REVIEW