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Current Research Studies: Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is currently conducting the following Multiple Sclerosis (MS) studies:


Power over Pain (POP) Study

People with medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cord injury (SCI), muscular dystrophy (MD), acquired amputation (AMP), and conditions that affect the lower back (LB) often experience chronic pain. Different types of treatment that include self-hypnosis, education about chronic pain, and learning skills on how to change how a person thinks about his/her pain have been used to treat chronic pain in the general population. The purpose of this study is to see if these different treatments can help decrease pain in people with certain medical conditions, and how and why these treatments are effective.

For more information, or to find out about participating in this study, please see our Studies Seeking Volunteers Section. You may also contact our research staff at at 206.221.7224 or toll-free at 1.800.570.5576.

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Project Enhance

Adapting Project Enhance, led by Ivan Molton, PhD is an evidence-based, participant-centered motivational intervention for older adults. For Project Enhance a wellness coach, typically a nurse or social worker, works with people to improve their health and wellness. In older adults, research has shown that participants in Project Enhance decrease the length of hospital stays, lower their use of psychoactive drugs, alleviate symptoms of mood disorders, and develop a sense of greater self-efficacy.
Our study will adapt Project Enhance for people aging with a long-term physical disability. We will embark on this study collaboratively and in the community with our partners at Senior Services of King County (http://www.seniorservices.org/). Of note, Project Enhance was originally developed at the University of Washington at the Health Promotion Research Center (http://depts.washington.edu/hprc/).

For more information, or to find out about participating in this study, please see our Studies Seeking Volunteers Section. You may also contact our research staff at 1-866-928-2114 or by email.

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  • Mindfulness and Chronic Pain

  • Researchers in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine are conducting a study on mindfulness as a way to overcome pain for people living with MS. Mindfulness is a different type of treatment that includes education about chronic pain, and learning skills on how to change how a person thinks about his/her pain. The purpose of this study is to see if these different treatments can help decrease pain in people with MS, and how and why these treatments are effective.

    For more information, or to find out about participating in this study, please see our Studies Seeking Volunteers Section. You may also contact our research staff toll-free at 1-800-570-5576 or by email at mindtops@uw.edu.

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    Featured Research Articles

    Assistive Technology

    View the latest research articles on Assistive Technology written by faculty from the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

    Volunteer to Participate in our Research Studies

    The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is looking for volunteers to participate in research studies on Multiple Sclerosis & Pain Management, and Traumatic Brain Injury.

    Featured Faculty

    George Kraft, MD

    George Kraft, MDGeorge Kraft, MD is a Professor and Co-PI for the Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (MSRRTC), which strives to contribute to new and important research about ways to improve function for people with MS using rehabilitation. Read more...

    View the archive of all Department of Rehabilitation Medicine faculty interviews

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