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COMFORT Study: Pain Treatment Options using Telehealth

COMFORT Study: Pain Treatment Options using Telehealth

This study is to examine the feasibility, effectiveness, and acceptability of pain management telehealth visits when offered to patients with chronic pain who are considering or attempting tapering of opioid medicines. This project will build evidence about how access to non-drug options may be received by patients and whether this approach can aid in reducing reliance on opioids for pain management. We will provide all study activities using telephone or internet. The COMFORT project will utilize a non-randomized one group pre-postest design and invite adults with chronic non-cancer pain to accept free consultations and short-term treatment with their choice of two healthcare practitioners (e.g. chiropractors, physical and massage therapists, and yoga therapists). Measures of pain, mood, quality of life will be examined for preliminary effects as well as measures of the pilot project feasibility (percent participants screened and recruited, percent consented) and acceptability measures (satisfaction, percent of telehealth sessions attended). Measurements will be taken before and after 30 participants are invited to try two of the four non-drug pain management options at no charge.

Participant Eligibility

Participants are eligible if they are: enrolled in treatment with prescribed opioids for pain; age greater than 18 years; ability to read, speak, and write English; diagnosed with a chronic, non-cancer-based painful medical condition; and ability to provide informed consent. Participants are not eligible if: pregnant; diagnosed with a cancer-based painful medical condition; or have any other medical or psychiatric condition that the investigators determine might compromise safe study participation (including but not limited to active psychosis, history of frequent psychiatric hospitalizations, aggression). Participants will be ineligible if they do not have access to a computer or smartphone with internet connectivity for telehealth sessions.

Gift cards available for participating.


Marian Wilson
(509) 590-5767

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
COMFORT: Community‐engaged Options to Maximize and Facilitate Opioid Reduction through Treatment

Study ID: 11216946
Start Date: 03/27/2020
End Date: 05/31/2021

Marian Wilson
Bob Lutz

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Study Site(s)

Washington State University

412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, Washington 99201


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