Why does research matter?
Scarwork UK believes it is important to carry out research into ScarWork. Our aim is to build the evidence base so we have more information about:
- how ScarWork can benefit patients
- how we can use ScarWork more effectively
- how does ScarWork “work”.
This information helps practitioners and patients. It also helps funders and service managers to make decisions about setting up ScarWork services. Eventually, the evidence will help to inform policy about healthcare.
What is ScarWork UK doing?
ScarWork UK is actively working to support the development of research into ScarWork. At the moment our key activity is to raise funds through JustGiving to enable research to take place.
Raising funds for research
In 2019-2020, ScarWork raised £10,000 through JustGiving. This funding was awarded to Dr Beverley de Valois and the Supportive Oncology Research Team, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, to investigate using ScarWork for Post Surgery Breast Pain Syndrome experienced by early breast cancer patients.
We now need to raise funds for a second project. Find out more about this fundraising initiative here:
ScarWork UK Research Committee
Later in 2021, ScarWork UK will be setting up a ScarWork Research Committee, to develop a strategy and promote research activities. Watch this space for future developments.
Building the evidence base
ScarWork UK is delighted to announce the first publication of clinical outcomes of ScarWork. This paper is:
de Valois B, Young T, Scarlett C, et al. An evaluation of a ScarWork service for cancer survivors experiencing adverse effects of surgery and/or radiotherapy. European Journal of Integrative Medicine 2021: 101327. 21 April 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eujim.2021.101327.