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Virtual Empowered Relief for Chronic Pain

The purpose of the current pilot study is to examine a feasibility and the preliminary efficacy of Empowered Relief (ER) class when it is delivered 'virtually' to patients with chronic pain who take methadone or buprenorphine. The ER class is a single-session pain management class, which has demonstrated to be effective in improving pain and pain-related distress in patients with chronic low back pain, but its efficacy has not been examined in patients with chronic pain who take methadone or buprenorphine. Class participants will learn self-regulatory skills and develop a personalized plan to use the skills every day. The current study will examine a feasibility and participant's perception and satisfaction of this class at post-class. The study will also follow participants 3 months by administering 5 surveys (baseline, 2 weeks and 1 month, 2 months, and 3 months post-treatment) to determine whether the class confers the short-term and medium-term benefits across various aspects of health.

Stanford is currently accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

Stanford University

Collaborator: RTI International

Stanford Investigator(s):


  • Behavioral: Empowered Relief class




Inclusion Criteria:

   - Age at least 18 years old

   - Chronic Pain (> 3 months)

   - Taking Methadone or Buprenorphine

   - English Fluency

Exclusion Criteria:

   - Pregnant,

   - Gross Cognitive Impairment,

   - Acute Suicidality,

   - Severe Depression

Ages Eligible for Study

18 Years - N/A

Genders Eligible for Study


Now accepting new patients

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Dokyoung S You, PhD