CBT for Loneliness for Chronic Pain

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
Canandaigua VA Medical Center, Canandaigua, NY, Canandaigua, NY
Chronic Pain
CBT for Loneliness - Behavioral
All Sexes
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Study Summary

Loneliness-feeling socially isolated-is a stressor that is associated with chronic pain. The investigators will first conduct a small trial of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Loneliness (CBT-L)in Veterans with chronic pain reporting loneliness. After completing this small trial, the investigators will randomize-like a flip of a coin-a total of 40 participants to receive either CBT-L or CBT for Chronic Pain. The investigators will assess loneliness, the quality and quantity of social interactions, and pain outcomes such as pain-related interference, and thinking the worst about one's pain at baseline and after the treatment period. The investigators will also track participant flow, therapist adherence to the manual, participant homework completion, and participant satisfaction with the treatment.

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

Study Objectives

2 Primary · 2 Secondary · Reporting Duration: baseline to 1-month post-treatment

baseline to 1-month post-treatment
Mean change in anxiety
Mean change in depression
Mean change in fear of pain
Mean change in loneliness
Mean change in pain catastrophizing
Mean change in pain interference
Mean change in social interactions

Trial Safety

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

CBT for Chronic Pain
1 of 2
CBT for Loneliness
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

48 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: CBT for Loneliness · No Placebo Group · Phase 1

CBT for Loneliness
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: CBT for Loneliness · Intervention Types: Behavioral
CBT for Chronic Pain
ActiveComparator Group · 1 Intervention: CBT for Chronic Pain · Intervention Types: Behavioral

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: baseline to 1-month post-treatment
Closest Location: Canandaigua VA Medical Center, Canandaigua, NY · Canandaigua, NY
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2016First Recorded Clinical Trial
2 TrialsResearching Chronic Pain
3 CompletedClinical Trials

Who is running the clinical trial?

VA Office of Research and DevelopmentLead Sponsor
1,459 Previous Clinical Trials
2,748,865 Total Patients Enrolled
32 Trials studying Chronic Pain
4,026 Patients Enrolled for Chronic Pain
Lisham Ashrafioun, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorCanandaigua VA Medical Center, Canandaigua, NY
2 Previous Clinical Trials
336 Total Patients Enrolled
1 Trials studying Chronic Pain
300 Patients Enrolled for Chronic Pain

Eligibility Criteria

Age 18+ · All Participants · 6 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You have a life expectancy of at least 18 years.\n
You have a minimum of half the days in which you experience pain for six months or more.
You have a score of at least 4 on each of the three items on the PEG.
You have a score of 60 or higher on the NIH Toolbox loneliness scale.

About The Reviewer

Michael Gill preview

Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.