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Clinical Study

Using Mindfulness Techniques to Treat Chronic Pain and Reduce Opioid Use

In this study, we will teach participants mindfulness techniques to help them cope with chronic lower back pain. You must be at least 18 years of age with a diagnosis of lower back pain and taking a prescription opioid medication to participate. Those who choose to enroll will participate in 4 weeks of group therapy (30 minutes per week) group sessions led by a masters-level therapist and prescribed daily at-home mindfulness practice. Participants will be evaluated using interviews and surveys before, after, and during the group therapy intervention.


For more information contact:

Amy Watson

IRB#: IRB_00135443 | PI: Adam Hanley | Department: COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK | Approval Date: 2020-10-13 16:28:00
Study Categories: Mental Health and Well-being Studies | Specialties: Orthopaedic Surgery, Pain Management

Who can participate?

 Gender: All

 Age: Over 18 years old

 Volunteers: Volunteers with special conditions

 Location: In Person

Inclusion Criteria:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Current chronic low back pain condition determined by physician assessment
  • Reporting pain 3 on 0-10 scale with opioid medication
  • Long-term opioid use (>3 months)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Formal mindfulness training (e.g., MBSR/MBRP)
  • Current cancer diagnosis
  • Psychosis, suicidality, or moderate/severe substance use disorder in the past year

Will I be paid for my time?


Last Updated: 4/5/21