Patrícia Ribeiro Pinto

  • Acute pain
  • Psychological assessment
  • Haemophilia
  • Hypnosis
  • Mindfulness based approaches
  • Chronic pain
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Pain chronification
  • Pain assessment
  • Psychological intervention

“Patrícia Ribeiro Pinto is a Clinical Health Psychologist with a PhD in Health Psychology (FCT PHD Fellowship, 2012), specifically on psychological predictors of acute and chronic post-surgical pain. She is a Junior Researcher since 2019 at the ICVS (Life and Health Sciences Research Institute – University of Minho), where she was a Post-Doc Researcher Fellow (FCT Fellowship) between 2013 and 2019. She has been conducting prospective studies on risk factors of acute and chronic post-surgical pain after hysterectomy, arthroplasty and inguinal hernioplasty. In this line, and since psychological factors are potentially modifiable through psychological interventions, she developed a heightened interest in designing and testing such interventions in order to investigate if they could effectively enhance disease outcomes, preventing pain and suffering in many patients, promoting quality of life and reducing healthcare costs. Simultaneously, she began a new line of research, in haemophilia, with three main outstanding achievements: a) the application of the first multidimensional haemophilia survey in Portugal; b) the development of a new pain questionnaire to assess haemophilia related-pain; and c) the implementation of a randomized controlled trial in order to assess the effectiveness of a psychological intervention (based on hypnosis) in pain management and improvement of emotional well-being and quality of life among people with haemophilia.
She has recently joined a new pioneering project, within a multidisciplinary pain team, wherein she conducts psychological intervention among chronic pain patients in the scope of “Accompanies PAIN” (AcompanhaDOR), a Chronic Pain Counseling Digital Unit in Centro de Medicina Digital P5.”

Scientific Highlights

Patents: Ubiquitous system for monitoring analgesic control for real time monitoring of acute and chronic pain, has database of anesthesiology that stores pain levels and demographic, clinical and psychological data in. United States Patent no. PT104756-A1 Prizes: Prize for Clinical Research form the Grünenthal Portugal Foundation (2012, 2018); Early Career Award (2014, 2018) by the Governing Board of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine. Projects: PSY_HaEMOPEQ – Effectiveness of two psychological interventions for prevention and management of pain, emotional regulation and promotion of quality of life in people with haemophilia: a randomized controlled trial and a national survey [HERO (Haemophilia Experiences, Results and Opportunities) Research Grant 2015, funded by NovoNordisk with 66.800 €].

Top papers
> Paredes AC, Costa P, Fernandes S, Lopes M, Carvalho M, Almeida A, Pinto PR. Effectiveness of hypnosis for pain management and promotion of health-related quality-of-life among people with haemophilia: a randomised controlled pilot trial. Scientific Reports 2019; 9:13399. > Paredes AC, Costa P, Almeida A, Pinto PR. A new measure to assess pain in people with haemophilia: The Multidimensional Haemophilia Pain Questionnaire (MHPQ). PloS one 2018;13(11):e0207939. > Pinto PR, McIntyre T, Araújo-Soares V, Almeida A, Costa P. Psychological factors predict an unfavorable pain trajectory after hysterectomy: a prospective cohort study on chronic post-surgical pain. PAIN 2018; 159(5): 956-967. [paper selected as Editor’s Choice]. DOI: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001170 > Pinto PR, McIntyre T, Araújo-Soares V, Costa P, Almeida A. Differential predictors of acute post-surgical pain intensity after abdominal hysterectomy and major joint arthroplasty. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 2015; 49(3):384-397. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-014-9662-3 > Pinto PR, McIntyre T, Ferrero R, Almeida A, Araujo-Soares V. Predictors of acute post-surgical pain and anxiety following primary total hip and knee arthroplasty. Journal of Pain 2013; 14(5): 502-515. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2012.12.020. > Pinto PR, McIntyre T, Almeida A, Araujo-Soares V. The mediating role of pain catastrophizing in the relationship between presurgical anxiety and acute postsurgical pain after hysterectomy. PAIN 2012; 153: 218-223. DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2011.10.020