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Back On Track To Healthy Living Study

Co-PIs: Mark Jensen, Ph.D. & Melissa Day, Ph.D.

Chronic lower back pain (CLBP) is a common and costly condition affecting millions of Americans. Different types of treatment such as mindfulness meditation, cognitive therapy, and activation skills have been used to treat chronic pain in the general population with success, but little is known as to how these treatments work. The purpose of this study is to compare how these treatments work and see why these treatments are effective. This study will use videoconferencing, survey, and activity monitoring technologies.

What does the study involve?

  • Eight (8) videoconferencing group treatment sessions that last approximately 90 minutes each;
  • Wearing an activity monitor daily for approximately 11 weeks;
  • Twice daily online surveys for approximately 10 weeks; and
  • Telephone interviews before and after treatment.

Participation in the study will last approximately 8-9 months. Treatment will take place remotely; no in-person visits are required. Compensation for completion of the phone assessments and online surveys, and the return of the activity monitors will be provided.

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Are 18 years of age or older;
  • Have a diagnosis of lower back pain;
  • Experience moderate to severe chronic lower back pain on a regular basis;
  • Are able to read, speak, and understand English; and
  • Have access to a webcam and microphone as well as the Internet.
For more information about participating in this study, please call 206-221-7224 or toll-free 1-800-570-5576. You may also email us at Please note that we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of email communication.

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