Pain Psychology Neuroscience + Written Emotional Disclosure for Back

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
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Effectiveness
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Safety
The New School for Social Research Department of Psychology, New York, NY
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Pain Psychology Neuroscience + Written Emotional Disclosure - Behavioral
Eligibility
18+
All Sexes
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Study Summary

This study is designed to determine if a brief educational program and a written emotional disclosure task can improve chronic back/neck pain-related outcomes and change pain beliefs and other processes in individuals with chronic back pain. Individuals will be randomly assigned to an experimental condition (pain and affect neuroscience education) or a control condition (general health activities questionnaire), and then subsequently randomized to a second experimental condition (written emotional disclosure) or a control condition (writing about healthy habits). Analyses will examine the main and interactive effects of the pain and affect neuroscience education and written emotional disclosure on improved pain-related outcomes at 1-month follow-up. Participants in both the experimental conditions are expected to show more improvement on pain severity, pain interference, psychological distress and psychological attitudes toward pain at follow-up, relative to participants in the control groups.

Eligible Conditions

  • Back

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

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Study Objectives

1 Primary · 10 Secondary · Reporting Duration: Change from baseline to 5 weeks follow-up

Week 5
Brief Pain Inventory Brief Pain Inventory pain severity scale (0 - 10; higher values = greater pain severity)
Emotional approach coping scale
General Self Efficacy Scale
Pain Catastrophizing Scale
Pain Interference
Pain attributions questionnaires
Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System: Anxiety short form 8a
Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System: Depression short form 8b
Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System: Fatigue
Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System: Sleep
Stigma Scale for Chronic Illnesses Short Form (SSCI-8)

Trial Safety

Trial Design

8 Treatment Groups

Pain Psychology Neuroscience + Healthy Habits Disclosure
1 of 8
PPN + Healthy Habits Disclosure (HHD)
1 of 8
HBC+WED
1 of 8
Health Behavior + Written Emotional Disclosure
1 of 8
Pain Psychology Neuroscience+ Written Emotional Disclosure
1 of 8
Pain Psychology Neuroscience (PPN)+ Written Emotional Disclosure (WED)
1 of 8
Health Behavior + Healthy Habits Disclosure
1 of 8
Health Behavior Control (HBC) + HHD
1 of 8
Active Control
Experimental Treatment
Non-Treatment Group

120 Total Participants · 8 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: Pain Psychology Neuroscience + Written Emotional Disclosure · Has Placebo Group · N/A

Pain Psychology Neuroscience+ Written Emotional Disclosure
Behavioral
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: Pain Psychology Neuroscience + Written Emotional Disclosure · Intervention Types: Behavioral
Pain Psychology Neuroscience (PPN)+ Written Emotional Disclosure (WED)
Behavioral
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: PPN + WED · Intervention Types: Behavioral
Pain Psychology Neuroscience + Healthy Habits Disclosure
Behavioral
ActiveComparator Group · 1 Intervention: Pain Psychology Neuroscience + Healthy Habits Disclosure · Intervention Types: Behavioral
Health Behavior + Healthy Habits Disclosure
Behavioral
PlaceboComparator Group · 1 Intervention: Health Behavior Control + Healthy Habits Disclosure · Intervention Types: Behavioral
PPN + Healthy Habits Disclosure (HHD)
Behavioral
ActiveComparator Group · 1 Intervention: PPN + HHD · Intervention Types: Behavioral
HBC+WED
Behavioral
ActiveComparator Group · 1 Intervention: HBC + WED · Intervention Types: Behavioral
Health Behavior Control (HBC) + HHD
Behavioral
PlaceboComparator Group · 1 Intervention: HBC + HHD · Intervention Types: Behavioral
Health Behavior + Written Emotional Disclosure
Behavioral
ActiveComparator Group · 1 Intervention: Health Behavior Control + Written Emotional Disclosure · Intervention Types: Behavioral

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: change from baseline to 5 weeks follow-up
Closest Location: The New School for Social Research Department of Psychology · New York, NY
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N/AFirst Recorded Clinical Trial
0 TrialsResearching Back
0 CompletedClinical Trials

Who is running the clinical trial?

The New School for Social ResearchOTHER
7 Previous Clinical Trials
2,574 Total Patients Enrolled
Wayne State UniversityLead Sponsor
282 Previous Clinical Trials
103,017 Total Patients Enrolled
Mark Lumley, PhDStudy DirectorWayne State University
2 Previous Clinical Trials
225 Total Patients Enrolled

Eligibility Criteria

Age 18+ · All Participants · 4 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You have chronic back or neck pain for greater than 1 year as primary symptom complaint.
You have access to a computer or smartphone.

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.