Are you bothered by chronic low back pain? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to find out if group mindfulness meditation sessions can help people reduce their chronic low back pain. This study involves attending eight weekly sessions and completing surveys and an interview. Study sessions can take place in person or by video. Compensation is provided.
Pain in the lower back is a common problem and a leading cause of disability. Low back pain that lasts for a long time is called chronic back pain. Treatments for chronic low back pain can include medication, massage, cold and heat therapy, physical therapy, and even surgery, but these types of treatments are not always effective.
The purpose of this study is to find out if group mindfulness meditation can help reduce chronic low back pain. Mindfulness meditation teaches people to be more aware and accepting of their thoughts and feelings in the present moment and may help people respond better to pain. Researchers hope their findings lead to better ways to treat low back pain in the future.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- Ages 18 and up
- Have had low back pain for at least the past 3 months
- Not pregnant
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Participation involves attending group mindfulness meditation sessions once a week for 8 weeks and completing daily homework assignments. The total time required each week is about 2 hours. Study sessions can take place in person or by video. Participants will also meet with a healthcare provider at each session to discuss their progress.
IRB:STUDY20110378 - sIRB UH3: Group-based mindfulness for patients with chronic low back pain in the primary care setting
MEET THE RESEARCHERS
Carol M Greco, PhD, is an associate professor of Psychiatry, Rehabilitation Science and Technology, and Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Greco’s clinical and research interests focus on psychosocial factors in health and disease and mind-body interventions for improving pain and functioning.
Kathleen M. McTigue, MD, MPH is an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Medicine. Her main area of research interest is the prevention of chronic disease and the promotion of healthy behaviors.