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CTPR Seminar: "Expanding access to a behavioral intervention for managing chronic pain: Development and investigation of online pain coping skills training"

When: Friday, December 16, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Ward Building, Neuroscience Conference Room 5-230, 303 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Wesley Gryziak  

Group: Center for Translational Pain Research

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Pain coping skills training (PCST) is an intervention for chronic pain that is informed by principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It teaches people to manage chronic pain using evidence-based cognitive and behavioral skills such as relaxation, distraction, activity pacing, and positive coping thoughts. Despite substantial evidence for the efficacy of CBT-informed chronic pain treatments, they remain underused in clinical care. Underuse is likely explained by the mode through which PCST is traditionally delivered—that is, it is traditionally delivered by a trained, PhD-level therapist in small group sessions, often in person but increasingly through telehealth. These delivery methods are costly and resource-intensive, and the training programs that use them are too often difficult or impossible for patients to access. To overcome these barriers, we developed an “automated” (self-completed) web-based pain coping skills training program called painTRAINER. This talk will describe PCST and evidence for it, barriers to traditional delivery, pros and cons of online delivery, our development approach, and the resulting painTRAINER program. After a brief overview of evidence collected to date and ongoing NIH-funded research to evaluate the program, discussion will turn to possible future directions and potential for collaboration.

Christine M. Rini, PhD
Director, Cancer Survivorship Institute
Professor of Medical Social Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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