Online tutorials for chronic pain reduced pain, anxiety, disability
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Researchers tested a series of web-based pain management tutorials on a group of adults who had been suffering symptoms for more than six months. Regardless of how much contact the patients had with clinicians, they all experienced significant reductions in disability, anxiety, and average pain levels at the end of the eight week experiment as well as three months down the line.
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“While face-to-face pain management programs are important, many adults with chronic pain can benefit from programs delivered via the internet, and many of them do not need a lot of contact with a clinician in order to benefit.”
The present study evaluated an internet-delivered pain management program, the Pain Course, when provided with different levels of clinician support. Participants (n = 490) were randomised to one of four groups: (1) Regular Contact (n = 143), (2) Optional Contact (n = 141), (3) No Contact (n = 131), and (4) a treatment-as-usual Waitlist-Control Group (n = 75). The treatment program was based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and comprised 5 internet-delivered lessons provided over 8 weeks. The three Treatment Groups reported significant improvements (between-groups Cohen's d; avg. reduction) in disability (ds ≥ 0.50; avg. reduction ≥ 18%), anxiety (ds ≥ .44; avg. reduction ≥ 32%), depression (ds ≥ 0.73; avg. reduction ≥ 36%) and average pain (ds ≥ 0.30; avg. reduction ≥ 12%) immediately post-treatment, which were sustained at or further improved to 3-month follow-up. High treatment completion rates and levels of satisfaction were reported and no marked or consistent differences were observed between the Treatment Groups. The mean clinician time per participant was 67.69 minutes (SD = 33.50), 12.85 minutes (SD = 24.61) and 5.44 minutes (SD = 12.38) for those receiving regular contact, the option of contact and no clinical contact, respectively. These results highlight the very significant public health potential of carefully designed and administered internet-delivered pain management programs and indicate that these programs can be successfully administered with several levels of clinical support.This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial No Derivatives 3.0 License, which permits downloading and sharing the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially.
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- “A Cochrane review of patient education for neck pain,” an article in The Spine Journal, 2009.
- “The therapy might work, but does it work in the manner you think it does?,” a webpage on Bodyinmind.org.
- “Treatment of neck pain: noninvasive interventions: results of the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders,” an article in Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 2008.
- “Effect of education on non-specific neck and low back pain: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials,” an article in Manual Therapy, 2015.
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