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Compassion Training and Pain

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01776645
First Posted: January 28, 2013
Last Update Posted: December 16, 2013
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Stanford University
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to determine whether compassion training will improve the physical and psychological well-being of patients with chronic pain. The investigators also want to determine whether any benefit of compassion training in the patients "spreads" to significant others with whom the patient has a close relationship.

Condition Intervention
Chronic Pain Behavioral: Compassion Cultivation Training Course

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Stanford University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Brief Pain Inventory [ Time Frame: Baseline and end of 9-week treatment protocol ]
    Intensity - pain severity as measured by a 0 to 10 visual analogue scale. 0 = no pain, 10 = worst pain imaginable

  • Change in Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Baseline and end of 9-week treatment protocol ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Brief Pain Inventory [ Time Frame: Baseline to end of 9-week treatment protocol ]
    Interference score - Interference as measured by a 0 to 10 numerical rating scale. 0 = does not interfere, 10 = completely interferes


Other Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Emotional Distress [ Time Frame: Baseline and end of 9-week treatment protocol ]
    As assessed by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale

  • Change in Overall Health and Well-being [ Time Frame: Baseline and end of 9-week treatment protocol ]
    As assessed by Ryff's psychological well-being scales

  • Change in Compassion [ Time Frame: Baseline and end of 9-week treatment protocol ]
    As assessed by Neff's Self-Compassion Scale

  • Qualitative Measures [ Time Frame: Baseline and end of 9-week treatment protocol ]
    Qualitative analysis of interviews

  • Change in Emotional Distress [ Time Frame: Baseline and end of 9-week treatment protocol ]
    As Assessed by the PROMIS Anger Scale

  • Change in Emotional Distress [ Time Frame: Baseline and end of 9-week treatment protocol ]
    As assessed by the PROMIS Social Isolation Scale

  • Change in Overall Health and Well-being [ Time Frame: Baseline and end of 9-week treatment protocol ]
    As assessed by PROMIS Global Health Scale

  • Change in Compassion [ Time Frame: Baseline and end of 9-week treatment protocol ]
    As assessed by Compassionate Love Scale adapted for close other

  • Change in Compassion [ Time Frame: Baseline and end of 9-week treatment protocol ]
    As assessed by Pommier's Compassion for Other's Scale


Enrollment: 56
Study Start Date: January 2013
Study Completion Date: May 2013
Primary Completion Date: May 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Compassion cultivation training Behavioral: Compassion Cultivation Training Course

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Age 18+ and chronic pain for >6months
  2. Pain over the last month
  3. Ability to read, write, and converse in English
  4. If being treated for pain condition, then stable treatment regimen.

For significant others:

1)18 years of age or older 2)Ability to read, write, and converse in English

Exclusion Criteria:

For patients and significant others:

1)Current or history of a psychological disorder that would interfere with study procedures, at the discretion of the researcher.

For patients only:

  1. prior compassion meditation experience
  2. on going legal action or disability claim
  3. currently pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01776645


Locations
United States, California
Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto, California, United States, 94304
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Stanford University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01776645     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 25883
First Submitted: January 15, 2013
First Posted: January 28, 2013
Results First Submitted: July 31, 2013
Results First Posted: December 16, 2013
Last Update Posted: December 16, 2013
Last Verified: October 2013

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