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CTPR Seminar Series: "1-Session Empowered Relief for Acute, Chronic and Post-Surgical Pain Relief" with Beth Darnall, PhD

When: Thursday, February 22, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Ward Building, 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


A ‘whole person’ approach to pain management is recognized as best practice. Yet evidence-based behavioral interventions are inaccessible to most patients. 1-session behavioral pain intervention may begin to meet the needs of a population of patients and enable rapid access to lowest risk pain care. Empowered Relief®, a 1-session pain relief skills intervention developed by speaker Beth Darnall, PhD, is NIH- and PCORI-funded, with research showing non-inferiority to 8-session CBT at 3 and 6 months post-treatment. Empowered Relief can integrate into clinical practice broadly, be accessed by patients online, and enable efficient clinical treatment study designs. Efficacy data from 4 published randomized trials will be reviewed, along with multiple active trials in the U.S. and Canada. Empowered Relief is copyrighted and trademarked by Stanford University; Dr. Darnall receives no personal revenue from the Stanford University CME Empowered Relief® instructor certification workshops.

Beth Darnall, PhD   
Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine 
Director, Stanford Pain Relief Innovations Lab 
Stanford University School of Medicine 

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