Single-Session "Empowered Relief" Class for Marfan Syndrome and Related Conditions

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Empowered Relief (ER) is a 1-session pain relief skills intervention that is delivered in-person or online by certified clinicians to groups of patients with acute or chronic pain. Prior work in has shown ER efficacy for reducing chronic pain, pain-related distress, and other symptoms 6 months post-treatment. The purpose of this study is to conduct the first feasibility and early efficacy test of online ER (two hours total treatment time) delivered to individuals with Marfan syndrome, Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Loeys-Dietz Syndrome, and related conditions. Participants will be followed for 3 months via 5 follow-up surveys.

Official Title

Virtual Single-Session "Empowered Relief" Class for Individuals With Marfan Syndrome and Related Conditions

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study: Older than 18 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
Inclusion Criteria:
  1. - Male and females 18 years of age or older - Marfan Syndrome, Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Loeys-Dietz Syndrome or related connective tissue disease and chronic pain - English fluency - Ability to adhere to and complete study protocols
Exclusion Criteria:
  1. - Cognitive impairment, non-English speaking, or psychological factors that would preclude comprehension of material and/or full participation in the study.


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))

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Beth Darnall, Ph.D.