Patrícia Pinto is a Post-Doc Researcher at Life and Health Sciences Research Institute in School of Health Sciences at Minho University, Portugal. She has been conducting research on pain field and other pain-related domains, such as anesthesia and analgesia practices.
She is a Psychologist who has been working on pain research since 2005. She has started as an Assistant Research on the Project "uPAIN: Ubiquitous Solutions for Pain Monitoring and Control in Post-Surgery Patients” wherein a technological device was created to control and monitor acute post-surgical pain in the recovery room.
Afterwards, during her PhD (2008-2012), she has studied predictive factors – demographic, clinical and psychological - of acute and chronic pain after hysterectomy and major joint arthroplasties (knee or hip arthroplasty). Currently she continues to focus her prospective studies on predictive risk factors of acute and chronic pain after other types of surgeries such as open hernia repair.
She is now focused on the design and implementation of surgical pain interventions, informed by theory and by the conclusions stemmed from observational prospective studies, such as the ones she has performed. In this line she is currently beginning to implement these pre-surgical pain interventions directed at surgical patients, which aim to improve acute pain management and to prevent the development of chronic post-surgical pain.
Predictive factors of acute and chronic pain after inguinal hernia repair (Leader)
Pinto PR, McIntyre T, Araújo-Soares V, Ferrero R, Almeida A. The role of pain catastrophizing in the provision of rescue analgesia by healthcare providers following major joint arthroplasty. Pain Physician, 17(6):515-24 (2014).
Pinto PR, McIntyre T, Almeida A, Araújo-Soares V. The mediating role of pain catastrophizing in the relationship between presurgical anxiety and acute postsurgical pain after hysterectomy. Pain. 2012 Jan;153(1):218-26. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2011.10.020. Epub 2011 Nov 23.
Pinto PR, McIntyre T, Almeida A, Araújo-Soares V. Understanding pre-surgical predictors of acute pain experience following hysterectomy for benign causes: conceptual and methodological issues. Pain. 2012 Sep;153(9):1974-6. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2012.05.022. Epub 2012 Jun 22.
Pinto PR, McIntyre T, Nogueira-Silva C, Almeida A, Araújo-Soares V. Risk factors for persistent postsurgical pain in women undergoing hysterectomy due to benign causes: a prospective predictive study. J Pain. 2012 Nov;13(11):1045-57. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2012.07.014. Epub 2012 Oct 12.
Theunissen M, Peters M, Schouten E, Fiddelers A, Willemsen M, Pinto P, Gramke H, Marcus M. Validation of the Surgical Fear Questionnaire in Adult Patients Waiting for Elective Surgery. PLoS One. 2014 Jun 24;9(6):e100225. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100225. eCollection 2014.