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Single Session Pain Psychology Treatment: Comparative Efficacy & Mechanisms

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.

Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

Stanford University

Stanford Investigator(s):


  • Behavioral: "Empowered Relief" (ER)
  • Behavioral: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Behavioral: Health Education (HE)




Inclusion Criteria:

   - 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:

   - 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

Ages Eligible for Study

18 Years - 70 Years

Genders Eligible for Study


Not currently accepting new patients for this trial

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Beth Darnall, PhD
(650) 497-0484