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Nature as a Buffer Among People With Chronic Pain

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03153891
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : May 15, 2017
Last Update Posted : September 21, 2017
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Cornell University

Brief Summary:
This randomized controlled trial examines the effect of nature exposure on pain intensity levels among older adults who experience chronic pain. Investigators examine the effects of nature on: the experience of chronic pain, on pain catastrophizing, and on attention restoration.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chronic Pain Other: Natural Environment Other: Built Environment Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Nature has been used to reduce pain in the context of acute pain (e.g., during painful medical procedures) but nature has not been examined as an intervention strategy to address chronic pain. Second, the mechanism though which nature might reduce the experience of pain is not well understood. Participants are cognitively intact individuals aged 60-90 who experience chronic pain and who rate their health as fair, good or excellent. Participants are randomly assigned to one of three conditions: virtual reality (VR) nature; VR built environment; or control. Researchers examine effects of VR nature exposure on the experience of chronic pain, pain catastrophizing, and on attention restoration as well as the relations among these variables.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 50 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Virtual Nature: Benefits for Older Adults Who Experience Chronic Pain?
Actual Study Start Date : July 1, 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date : June 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 2018

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MedlinePlus related topics: Chronic Pain

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Natural Environment
Participants experience a virtual reality natural environment intervention (using VR goggles with Smartphone) for 10 minutes on two occasions, 1 week apart.
Other: Natural Environment
the natural environment will be delivered via Samsung VR gear goggles with Samsung smartphone.
Other Name: VR nature

Experimental: Built Environment
Participants experience a virtual reality built environment intervention (using VR goggles with Smartphone) for 10 minutes on two occasions, 1 week apart.
Other: Built Environment
the built environment will be delivered via Samsung VR gear goggles with Samsung smartphone.
Other Name: VR built environment

No Intervention: Control
Participants do not experience a VR intervention. Instead they visit with research assistants for 10 minutes on two occasions, 1 week apart.



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Experience of chronic pain [ Time Frame: up to 3 weeks; from date of randomization until 2nd data collection date ]
    rating of pain intensity, on scale of 1-10


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pain catastrophizing [ Time Frame: up to 3 weeks; from date of randomization until 2nd data collection date ]
    rate 13 items on 5-point scale (0-4) (Sullivan, et al., 2001)

  2. cognitive functioning [ Time Frame: up to 3 weeks; from date of randomization until 2nd data collection date ]
    attention restoration - digit span forward & backwards; Attention Network Test



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Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • rate health as "fair" "good" or "excellent"
  • experience chronic pain
  • cognitively intact
  • do not use wheelchair

Exclusion Criteria:


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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03153891


Locations
United States, New York
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York, United States, 14853
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cornell University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Nancy M Wells, PhD Design + Environmental Analysis, Cornell University

Responsible Party: Cornell University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03153891     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1703006971
First Posted: May 15, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 21, 2017
Last Verified: September 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: There is not a plan to share IDP with other researchers.

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by Cornell University:
environment
nature

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