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Controlled trial of Internet-based treatment with telephone support for chronic back pain
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Clinical and Social Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4753-6745
2004 (English)In: Pain, ISSN 0304-3959, Vol. 111, no 3, 368-377 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of an Internet-based cognitive-behavioral intervention with telephone support for chronic back pain. Participants who met the criteria for chronic back pain (N=56) were randomly assigned to either an Internet-based cognitive behavioral self-help treatment or to a waiting-list control condition. The study period lasted 8 weeks and consisted of 1 week of self-monitoring prior to the intervention, 6 weeks of intervention, and 1 week of post-intervention assessment. Treatment consisted of education, cognitive skill acquisition, behavioral rehearsal, generalization and maintenance. The dropout rate was 9% (N=5). Results showed statistically significant improvements in catastrophizing, control over pain and ability to decrease pain. Some improvement was found in both the control group and the treatment group. A follow-up of 3 months after treatment termination was completed in 92% (N=47) of the participants who completed the treatment intervention. Follow-up results showed that some improvement was maintained. Findings indicate that Internet-based self-help with telephone support, based on established psychological treatment methods, holds promise as an effective approach for treating disability in association with pain.

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2004. Vol. 111, no 3, 368-377 p.
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Chronic back pain, Internet based treatment, pain management program, self-help, minimal therapist contact
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-23850DOI: 10.1016/j.pain.2004.07.021Local ID: 3374OAI: diva2:244165
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2014-11-28

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