Comparative efficacy of a single-session "Empowered Relief" videoconference-delivered group intervention for chronic pain: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Trials. 2021 May 22;22(1):358. doi: 10.1186/s13063-021-05303-8.

Abstract

Background: Chronic pain is naturally aversive and often distressing for patients. Pain coping and self-regulatory skills have been shown to effectively reduce pain-related distress and other symptoms. In this trial, the primary goal is to pilot test the comparative efficacy of a single-session videoconference-delivered group pain education class to a waitlist control among patients with chronic pain.

Methods: Our study is a randomized clinical trial pilot testing the superiority of our 2-h single-session videoconference-delivered group pain education class against a waitlist control. We will enroll 120 adult patients with mixed etiology chronic pain and randomize 1:1 to one of the two study arms. We hypothesize superiority for the pain education class for bolstering pain and symptom management. Team researchers masked to treatment assignment will assess the outcomes up to 3 months post-treatment.

Discussion: This study aims to test the utility of a single-session videoconference-delivered group pain education class to improve self-regulation of pain and pain-related outcomes. Findings from our project have the potential to significantly reduce barriers to effective psychological treatment for pain, optimizing the delivery of increasingly vital online and remote-delivered intervention options.

Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT04546685 . Registered on 04 September 2020.

Keywords: Chronic pain; Cognitive-behavioral therapy; Pain education; Randomized controlled trial; Single-session intervention; Symptom management; Treatment; Videoconference-delivered.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial Protocol

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Chronic Pain* / diagnosis
  • Chronic Pain* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Videoconferencing

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT04546685