Design of the integrative medical group visits randomized control trial for underserved patients with chronic pain and depression
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UMass Chan AffiliationsDepartment of Family Medicine and Community Health
Center for Integrated Primary Care
Document TypeJournal Article
Medical group visits
Mindfulness based stress reduction
Shared medical appointments
Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Health Information Technology
Mental and Social Health
Movement and Mind-Body Therapies
Psychiatry and Psychology
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AbstractBACKGROUND: Given the public health crisis of opioid overprescribing for pain, there is a need for evidence-based non pharmacological treatment options that effectively reduce pain and depression. We aim to examine the effectiveness of the Integrative Medical Group Visits (IMGV) model in reducing chronic pain and depressive symptoms, as well as increasing pain self-management. METHODS: This paper details the study design and implementation of an ongoing randomized controlled trial of the IMGV model as compared to primary care visits. The research aims to determine if the IMGV model is effective in achieving: a) a reduction in self-reported pain and depressive symptoms and 2) an improvement in the self-management of pain, through increasing pain self-efficacy and reducing use of self-reported pain medication. We intend to recruit 154 participants to be randomized in our intervention, the IMGV model (n=77) and to usual care (n=77). CONCLUSIONS: Usual care of chronic pain through pharmacological treatment has mixed evidence of efficacy and may not improve quality of life or functional status. We aim to conduct a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the IMGV model as compared to usual care in reducing self-reported pain and depressive symptoms as well as increasing pain management skills.
Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Mar;54:25-35. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2016.12.013. Epub 2016 Dec 13. Link to article on publisher's site
Permanent Link to this Itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14038/26790
At the time of publication, Paula Gardiner was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
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