Brief Online Intervention for Chronic Pain
The purpose of this study is to explore the effects of writing about chronic pain on mental and physical health. The effectiveness of two different types of brief online writing interventions will be explored in individuals with chronic pain.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||The Expressive Writing Paradigm: A Study of Therapeutic Effectiveness for Chronic Pain|
- Change from Baseline in Self-Compassion Scale [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline in Self-Compassion Scale at 4 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Change from Baseline in Pain Self-Efficacy Scale [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline in Pain Self-Efficacy Scale at 4 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Change from Baseline in Pain Severity [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline in Pain Severity at 4 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Pain severity is measured on a 10-point rating scale.
|Study Start Date:||July 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|Experimental: Self-compassion writing||
Other: Self-compassion writing
Participants are instructed to write about their chronic pain in a way that elicits self-compassion for 20 minutes once a week for three consecutive weeks.
|Active Comparator: Self-efficacy writing||
Other: Self-efficacy writing
Participants are instructed to write about their chronic pain in a way that elicits self-efficacy for 20 minutes once a week for three consecutive weeks.
Chronic pain is highly prevalent and costly, but often not treated effectively. Psychological interventions are needed as part of chronic pain treatment since the pain affects many aspects of an individual's life. In particular, brief psychological interventions that are easily accessible (i.e., online) could benefit many people with chronic pain. Writing interventions have been used in recent years to understand difficult experiences. Writing interventions have been found to help individuals explore distressing thoughts and feelings, such as those that are associated with pain.