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Clinical Trial

Efficacy of a Telehealth Pain Self-Management Intervention

IRB Protocol Number STU00213141


Angelika Kudla


The E-TIPS trial will evaluate an evidence-based, telehealth pain self-management intervention compared to standard care (a waitlist) for chronic pain in adults with physical disabilities who are employed. Participants from anywhere in the US will be randomized to either E-TIPS, a cognitive-behavioral pain self-management intervention delivered by telephone, or a waitlist control. Outcomes, including pain interference, will be assessed at baseline, mid-treatment, post-treatment, and 6-month follow up.

This telehealth approach will transcend geographical and transportation barriers to increase the reach of pain self-management interventions, reduce stigma that interferes with seeking care for pain, and has inherent scalability for broad dissemination.

Who Can Participate

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Self-reported physical disability
  • Chronic pain defined as daily pain of ≥ 3 months duration and ≥ 3 average pain intensity in the past week on a 0-10 numerical rating scale
  • Experiences pain for more than 45 out of the past 90 days (defined as 50% of the time or greater)
  • Reads, speaks, and understands English
  • Has access to and is able to communicate over the telephone with our without assistive devices
  • Is employed, working 15-20 hours per week or more, on average, or earning in excess of substantial gainful activity (approximately $1200/month)



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