Music with Suggestion for Chronic Pain

Recruiting · 18+ · All Sexes · Waco, TX

This study is evaluating whether music may help reduce pain for older adults.

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About the trial for Chronic Pain

Eligible Conditions
Chronic Pain · Sleep · Aging · Low Back Pain

Treatment Groups

This trial involves 3 different treatments. Music With Suggestion is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Experimental Group 1
Music with Suggestion
Control Group 2
Control Group 3
Pain Information


This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There are 5 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Inclusion & Exclusion Checklist
Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
The participant must be at least 50 years old. show original
You must experience chronic back pain on a daily basis, which is rated at a severity of 5 or more on a scale from 0 to 10. show original
The pain must have been going on for at least six months. show original
You must be able to speak, read, and write English to participate. show original
Someone who wants to participate in this study needs to have access to a computer or mobile device with internet, and be willing to participate in virtual sessions and use electronic platforms to complete materials. show original
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Approximate Timelines

Please note that timelines for treatment and screening will vary by patient
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: varies
Reporting: Daily up to 4 weeks
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: Daily up to 4 weeks
This trial has approximate timelines as follows: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and reporting: Daily up to 4 weeks.
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Measurement Requirements

This trial is evaluating whether Music with Suggestion will improve 1 primary outcome and 6 secondary outcomes in patients with Chronic Pain. Measurement will happen over the course of Daily up to 4 weeks.

Self-report of medication use
Medication use measured by participants' daily self-report of medication use.
Pain Intensity Scale
Subjective measures of pain intensity, which will be determined using a Pain Intensity Scale. This measure will be completed daily where participants will be asked to rate the intensity of their pain on a scale from 0 (No Pain) to 10 (Very Intense Pain). Higher scores will indicate greater pain intensity.
Pain Suffering Visual Analogue Scale (VAS)
To measure pain suffering. Participants will be asked to rate their level of suffering from pain on a 0 (No Suffering) to 10 (Extreme Suffering) scale. Higher scores will indicate greater pain suffering.
Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Emotional Distress-Anxiety- Short Form
To measure anxiety. This measure assesses self-reported fear, worry, dread, hyperarousal, and somatic symptoms related to arousal over the past 7 days on a 1 (never) to 5 (always) scale. This scale includes 8 items with higher scores indicating greater anxiety symptoms.
Relaxation Visual Analog Scale
To measure relaxation. Participants will be asked to rate their level of relaxation on a scale from 0 (Not Relaxed at All) to 10 (Very Relaxed). Higher scores will indicate greater relaxation.
Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Emotional Distress-Depression-Short Form
To measure depression. This measure assesses self-reported experiences of negative mood, decreased positive affect and decreased engagement over the past 7 days on a 1 (never) to 5 (always) scale. This scale includes 8 items with higher scores indicating greater depressive symptoms.
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Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
G. R. E.
Gary R. Elkins, Director of Mind-Body Medicine Research Lab
Baylor University

Patient Q & A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

How serious can chronic pain be?

Chronic pain is not always so benign. Chronic pain can adversely impact quality of life and social behavior, even more so in older adults with more comorbid illnesses.

Anonymous Patient Answer

How many people get chronic pain a year in the United States?

Results from a recent clinical trial was unable to replicate the finding that pain is more common in older American adults. Despite the findings of the report, there is an increasing number of Americans who are taking advantage of the many treatments available to them.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What causes chronic pain?

Chronic pain is a multi-faceted phenomenon and is the cause of a variety of symptoms, including psychological and physical. Most cases of persistent pain can be effectively treated, but the underlying causes of pain are not fully understood.\n

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is experienced by up to 50% of the population, lasts for greater than a year, and occurs in a variety of types and locations. The causes of chronic pain vary with the individual and the severity of the pain varies with the individual's response to treatment. Understanding chronic pain's causes and treatment may improve the quality of life.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are common treatments for chronic pain?

The majority of patients with chronic pain prefer psychological interventions to analgesics, and their use of one form as opposed to the other is related to their general perception of illness.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Can chronic pain be cured?

There is no cure for [chronic pain]( There is no single intervention that can completely relieve chronic pain and, as we know today, the best treatment is multifactorial. We can make our minds up to our pain, but we can never cure it.

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What are the signs of chronic pain?

Signs of [chronic pain]( include a heightened sense of pain, which is not fully relieved by rest. Chronic pain also causes fatigue, and insomnia.  We propose three possible types of chronic pain: 'proto-cancer pain', with or without inflammation; 'pro-disease pain', with or without inflammation; and 'chronic fatigue syndrome pain', with or without inflammation.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Who should consider clinical trials for chronic pain?

Results from a recent paper suggest that, to our knowledge, the American chronic pain community may not consistently understand who should consider clinical trials for chronic pain. Clinicians, particularly those who consult patients with chronic pain, should learn of limitations of the current clinical trial paradigm and consider additional approaches to treatment evaluation and discovery. They should consider both biomedical and psychosocial treatments when appropriate.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What does music with suggestion usually treat?

There was a significant, significant correlation between music and suggestion, with improvement in pain scores. However, due to the small number of patients, no conclusions can be drawn. Music with suggestion seems to have a similar efficacy as other interventions for pain relief in chronic painful conditions. However, as with all intervention studies, further work would be useful.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is the latest research for chronic pain?

Data from a recent study support evidence for the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral self-management programs. However, the quality of the studies was low and there was no evidence for the superiority of alternative intervention strategies. Inclusion criteria were not reported in most of the investigated studies. Therefore, it remains unclear if current evidence will be of benefit to patients with chronic pain. Finally, it is clear that there is an urgent need to invest in research studies. Further, there is a need for greater consensus and agreement on appropriate research designs for evaluating psychological interventions that are used by a relatively small group of patients with chronic pain.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What is music with suggestion?

MASS provides a unique opportunity to make contact with music's ability to evoke pain relief and to provide a source of therapeutic activity and psychological relief. MASS has proven to be an effective and valid intervention that may serve as a foundation to develop new approaches to treat chronic pain\n

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Is music with suggestion typically used in combination with any other treatments?

Music with SPS, especially with SPS used in combination with other therapy methods, is able to elicit relaxation, calmness, and well-being. SPS may be an effective adjunctive therapy in the management of anxiety, pain, and other stress-induced medical conditions.

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