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Mind Engagement With Music for Nondrug Pain Relief

This study has been completed.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Information provided by:
University of Utah Identifier:
First received: February 15, 2005
Last updated: December 8, 2009
Last verified: December 2009

The purpose of this study is to determine whether engaging in music listening tasks can reduce the perception of pain and provide nondrug pain relief.

Study hypotheses: 1) Performing a highly engaging listening task reduces psychophysiological arousal to painful stimuli. 2) Psychophysiological arousal to painful stimuli is a function of the complexity of the auditory signal. 3) Signal complexity and task difficulty interact to produce the greatest engagement and maximum reduction in psychophysiological arousal to painful stimuli.

Condition Intervention Phase
Procedure: Electrodermal stimulation
Procedure: Music listening task
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Music Engagement for Non-Pharmacological Analgesia R21 AT001586-01

Further study details as provided by University of Utah:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Reduction in psychophysiological markers for nociceptive responses

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Level of engagement as measured by engagement ratings and absorption scale

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: February 2005
Study Completion Date: March 2008
Primary Completion Date: March 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Willing and able to comply with all study requirements

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Abnormal hearing
  • Severe allergies to skin preparations
  • Psychoactive drugs
  • Hypertension drugs
  • Pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00103870

United States, Utah
University of Utah Pain Research Center
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 84108
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Utah
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: David H. Bradshaw, PhD University of Utah Pain Research Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: David H. Bradshaw, PhD, University of Utah Identifier: NCT00103870     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB 12579
R21AT001586-01A1 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: February 15, 2005
Last Updated: December 8, 2009

Keywords provided by University of Utah:
Music Therapy
Electric Stimulation
Electric Shock
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