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Medication Adherence Therapy for Opioid Abusing Pain Patients

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Identifier:
First received: November 3, 2005
Last updated: January 9, 2017
Last verified: September 2008
The purpose of this study is to develop and pilot test a combined behavioral and pharmacological intervention designed to decrease pain, functional interference, and drug abuse while increasing medication adherence.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pain Chronic Disease Prescription Opioid Abuse Drug: Methadone Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Medication Adherence Therapy for Opioid Abusing Pain Patients

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Further study details as provided by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Medication compliance and unauthorized drug use [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ]
  • Changes in pain severity and functioning [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Satisfaction with services [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  • Therapeutic alliance [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Enrollment: 36
Study Start Date: September 2000
Study Completion Date: September 2005
Primary Completion Date: September 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Methadone plus behavioral counseling consisting of adherence, self-monitoring, and motivational interviewing
Drug: Methadone
dosed to effect, every six hours
Active Comparator: 2
Methadone plus behavioral counseling consisting of adherence
Drug: Methadone
dosed to effect, every six hours

Detailed Description:
Project Pain is a Stage I behavioral therapies development project aimed at developing and pilot testing a novel intervention for patients with chronic non-malignant pain who have experienced difficulty managing prescribed opioids. The goals of the study are to: (1) develop the intervention and training materials; (2) develop therapist adherence and competence scales; (3) train therapists to deliver the intervention per the treatment protocol; and (4) pilot the intervention to assess its feasibility, acceptability and promise. The goals of the intervention are to: (1) improve adherence to prescribed opioids; (2) decrease the severity of patients' pain; and (3) improve patients' functioning and quality of life .

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Uninterrupted pain of at least 6 months duration
  • Pain is continuous, rather than intermittent
  • Pain in the severe range (VAS = 7-10) while medicated
  • Poor response to non-pharmacological interventions for pain (if appropriate)
  • One or more of the following pain diagnoses: (a) back/neck pain; (b) myofacial pain; (c) neuropathic pain (e.g., diabetic or AIDS neuropathy, Complex regional pain syndrome); (d) arthritic pain; (e) MS; or (f) sickle cell (must meet chronicity criteria)
  • Evidence of tolerance/physiological dependence on opioid analgesics
  • Current opioid use disorder (DSM-IV criteria)
  • Continuous use of opioid analgesics for a minimum of 6 months prior to referral. [Note: This is consistent with minimum 6-month requirement for diagnosis of chronic pain].
  • Minimum of 2 signs/symptoms of medication mismanagement identified by the Referring MD (PROBLEMS WITH PAIN MEDS checklist)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Please contact site regarding exclusion criteria for this study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00249587

United States, New York
Behavioral Science Research Unit
New York, New York, United States, 10025
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Principal Investigator: Deborah Haller St. Luke's Roosevelt Hosp Cntr (New York)
  More Information

Additional Information:
Haller, D.L., Heckman-Stone, C. Ingersoll, K.: Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2002; 66, S73, #270
Wunsch, M.J., Cropsey, K.L., Haller, D.L.: Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2002; 66, S198, #747
Fox, S.A., Haller, D.L., Weaver, M.F.: Proceedings from CPDD 2003 Annual Meeting, Bal Harbour, Florida. #197
Paper presented at the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, December, 2004

Responsible Party: Deborah Haller, Ph.D., St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center Identifier: NCT00249587     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NIDA-13169-1
Study First Received: November 3, 2005
Last Updated: January 9, 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Chronic Disease
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes
Analgesics, Opioid
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Antitussive Agents
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