Employment-related Telephone Intervention for pain study

Chronic pain is one of the most prevalent, disabling, and persistent symptoms associated with physical disabilities. One-half to two-thirds of adults with various physical conditions experience chronic pain. In addition to being associated with disability, depression, sleep disruption, and physical inactivity, chronic pain has negative effects including job loss and reliance on long-term disability programs. The purpose of this study is to evaluate chronic pain therapy via telephone adapted to target risks for employment disability. Increasing our understanding of the effectiveness of this intervention will help researchers, clinicians, and even employers improve treatments for people with CP in the future.

You may be eligible to participate if you are currently employed and have been diagnosed with MS, limb loss or amputation, spinal cord injury, or traumatic brain injury.

If you are eligible, you will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: (1) E-TIPS intervention or (2) usual care. If you are randomized to the “E-TIPS intervention”, you will schedule eight individual therapy sessions via telephone, plus one short “booster session” after the treatment has ended. If you are randomized to the “usual care” group, you will not participate in the telephone therapy but rather will continue your regular care. At the end of the treatment period, participants in the usual care group will be offered the opportunity to receive the E-TIPS intervention. Both the treatment group and the usual care group will be asked to complete four online surveys over the course of the trial.

All study procedures take place online or on the phone. There is no travel required. You can live anywhere in the United States.

Participants will be compensated up to $125 throughout the course of the study.

The lead investigator of this study is Dawn Ehde, PhD. This study is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Additional details about this study are available on ClinicalTrials.gov.

If you are interested in learning more about the study or finding out if you qualify, please email us at tipsstudy@uw.edu or give us a call at (206) 598-0501.