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Online Chronic Pain Therapy for Adults

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Manitoba Identifier:
First received: May 10, 2012
Last updated: August 19, 2015
Last verified: August 2015
This study will evaluate the usefulness of an online, self-directed treatment for chronic pain that has been designed specifically for individuals who are currently or have previously served in the military.

Condition Intervention
Chronic Pain
Behavioral: Online ABBT for Chronic Pain in Military

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Online Chronic Pain Therapy for Adults

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by University of Manitoba:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from baseline in McGill Pain Questionnaire - Short Form [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
    A brief self-report questionnaire that measures sensory and affective components of clinical pain.

  • Change from baseline in Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire - Revised [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
    A 20-item measure of acceptance of chronic pain with items scored from "0 = Never true" to "6 = Always true".

  • Change from baseline in Pain Catastrophizing Scale [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
    One of the most widely used instruments for measuring catastrophic thinking related to pain. A 13-item measure with items rated from "0 = Not at all" to "4 = All the time."

  • Change from baseline in Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
    A self-report measure of fear of movement and/or re-injury. 17 items rated from "1 = strongly disagree" to "4 = strongly agree"

  • Change from baseline in Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
    A self-rated questionnaire which assesses sleep quality and disturbances over a 1-month time interval

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Client Satisfaction Questionnaire [ Time Frame: At completion of module, approximately 8 weeks ]
    An eight item questionnaire regarding client satisfaction with the treatment.

  • Change from baseline in Beck Depression Inventory - Second Edition [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    A 21 item self-report measure of severity of depressive symptoms.

  • Change from baseline in Beck Anxiety Inventory [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    A 21-item self-report measure assessing severity of symptoms of anxiety

  • Change from baseline in PTSD Checklist - Military Version [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    A 17-item self-report measure assessing severity of PTSD symptoms related to stressful military experiences.

Enrollment: 25
Study Start Date: June 2012
Study Completion Date: February 2015
Primary Completion Date: February 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Treatment arm
This is an open-label pilot study with no control group. Participants pre-treatment scores are compared to their post-treatment scores.
Behavioral: Online ABBT for Chronic Pain in Military
Participants will complete an 8-module, self-paced, online program for chronic pain using Acceptance-Based Behavioural Therapy (ABBT) as the therapeutic modality.

Detailed Description:
This study will evaluate the efficacy of an eight-module, online, self-directed treatment for chronic pain using Acceptance-Based Behavioural Therapy (ABBT) as the treatment modality. The online modules are tailored to the unique issues of individuals with a military background. The modules will be delivered via the WebCAPSI Therapy program, an online, password-protected program that allows participants to anonymously progress through all modules at their own pace. ABBT modules cover the following: Introduction, Acceptance, Values, Cognitive Defusion, Mindfulness, Exercise/Pacing/Communication Skills, Self-as-Context, and Willingness. Modules encourage understanding of the information through audio files, military-specific vignettes, written materials, and homework exercises. Modules are designed to be completed in 60 minutes or less. Participants will have access to the online treatment for a three month period and will be encouraged to complete one module per week.

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic pain condition of duration 6 months or longer
  • Patient at OSI Clinic in Winnipeg
  • Access to a computer with internet at least once per week for 60 minutes

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Active psychosis
  • Actively suicidal
  • Unstable living conditions
  • Seriously impaired concentration
  • Inability to read and write in English
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01600248

Canada, Manitoba
OSI Clinic, Deer Lodge Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3J 0L3
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Manitoba
Principal Investigator: Pamela L Holens, Ph.D. University of Manitoba
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Manitoba Identifier: NCT01600248     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H2012:078
Study First Received: May 10, 2012
Last Updated: August 19, 2015

Keywords provided by University of Manitoba:
Chronic Pain

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Chronic Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on May 25, 2017