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Brief Online Intervention for Chronic Pain

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01639196
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 12, 2012
Last Update Posted : January 14, 2013
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Maryland

Brief Summary:
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.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chronic Pain Other: Self-compassion writing Other: Self-efficacy writing Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
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.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 93 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Expressive Writing Paradigm: A Study of Therapeutic Effectiveness for Chronic Pain
Study Start Date : July 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2013

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MedlinePlus related topics: Chronic Pain
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Arm Intervention/treatment
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.



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change from Baseline in Self-Compassion Scale [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline in Self-Compassion Scale at 4 weeks ]
  2. Change from Baseline in Pain Self-Efficacy Scale [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline in Pain Self-Efficacy Scale at 4 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change from Baseline in Pain Severity [ Time Frame: Change from Baseline in Pain Severity at 4 weeks ]
    Pain severity is measured on a 10-point rating scale.



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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosed with chronic pain or a chronic pain condition or discussed pain management strategies (e.g., pain medication) with a doctor
  • Experience pain on most days of the month for at least six months
  • Able to read and write in English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic pain directly caused by a terminal condition (e.g., stage 4 cancer)

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01639196


Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Maryland
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Mary Ann Hoffman, PhD University of Maryland College Park

Responsible Party: University of Maryland
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01639196     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 338877-1
First Posted: July 12, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 14, 2013
Last Verified: January 2013

Keywords provided by University of Maryland:
Chronic pain
Psychological adjustment
Writing
Brief intervention
Online
Internet interventions

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Chronic Pain
Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms