Single Session Pain Psychology Treatment: Comparative Efficacy & Mechanisms

Trial ID or NCT#



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This study aims to compare the efficacy of a single session psychological treatment, "Empowered Relief" (ER), with the current standard of care, group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) specifically on individuals with chronic low back pain who have pain-specific distress as indexed by pain catastrophizing scores.

Official Title

"Empowered Relief" Single Session Pain Psychology Treatment: Comparative Efficacy & Mechanisms

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years to 70 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
Inclusion Criteria:
  1. - Axial low back pain without radicular symptoms - Pain duration ≥ 6 months (per recent NIH Task Force on Research Standards for Chronic Low Back Pain based on participant self-report - Average pain intensity ≥4/10 for the past month at screening visit - English fluency - Males and females 18-70 years of age - Pain Catastrophizing Score (PCS) ≥20
Exclusion Criteria:
  1. - Gross cognitive impairment - Active suicidal ideation or severe depression - Previous attendance in the active treatment groups (any ER classes ever taken or CBT in the past 3 years) - Participating in any interventional research study or completed participation in the last 2 months; enrollment in an observational study is acceptable - Current substance abuse - Clear likelihood to disrupt fellow class participants (e.g., personality disorder) at the discretion of the study team


Beth Darnall
Beth Darnall
Pain management specialist, Pain psychologist
Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine (Adult Pain) and, by courtesy, of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry & Psychology (Adult))
Sean Mackey, M.D., Ph.D.
Sean Mackey, M.D., Ph.D.
Pain management specialist, Pain management specialist, Anesthesiologist
Redlich Professor, Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine and, by courtesy, of Neurology

Contact us to find out if this trial is right for you.


Beth Darnall, PhD
(650) 497-0484