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A randomised controlled trial of an online aftercare proram in pain rehabilitation


- candidate number23539
- NTR NumberNTR5607
- ISRCTNISRCTN no longer applicable
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR30-dec-2015
- Secondary IDsNL55824.044.15 ABR
- Public TitleA randomised controlled trial of an online aftercare proram in pain rehabilitation
- Scientific TitleA randomised controlled trial of an online aftercare proram in pain rehabilitation
- ACRONYM
- hypothesisThe online aftercare program with support of a human coach is not superior to the online aftercare program without support of a human coach.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedChronic pain
- Inclusion criteria•Patients aged between 18 and 65 years old
•Primary complaint is chronic musculoskeletal pain
•Having finished a pain rehabilitation treatment at RCR
•Being able to use an online program
•Disposal of a smartphone, I-pad or PC
•Permission to use data for scientific purposes
- Exclusion criteriaDropped out of rehabilitation program
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingSingle
- controlActive
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-feb-2016
- planned closingdate31-dec-2017
- Target number of participants142
- InterventionsThe intervention consists of NaDien, CoCo and a contact module in the experimental condition.
NaDien: This program is based on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. The website and mobile application aim at sustaining valued actions. Participants register their life values, describe committed actions and register the frequency of them. They can obtain a graph of their committed actions. Exercises learned during treatment are sampled in a library. In addition participants compose a scheme of motivational and reminder text messages that are sent to them at later moments. CoCo: The physical training program consists of films and instructions of physical exercises that can be adapted individually. At the end of the rehabilitation program each participant composes his own training scheme together with a physiotherapist.
Contact module: This module offers the opportunity to exchange e-mails in a safe environment. Participants are free to send as much e-mails as they want. The healthcare professional sends an e-mail once a week on a predetermined day. The task of this professional is to encourage participants to adhere to the aftercare program, to coach in maintaining behaviour changes learned in treatment, to discuss possible barriers in maintaining behaviour change and to resume changed behaviours after a possible relapse in unhelpful behaviour.
- Primary outcomeMain study outcome is pain interference measured by the Multidimensional Pain Inventory – subscale pain interference (MPI – interference) (Kerns et al., 1985; Lousberg et al., 1999).
- Secondary outcomePain Intensity measured by the Multidimensional Pain Inventory – subscale pain intensity (MPI – intensity) (Kerns et al., 1985; Lousberg et al., 1999).
Psychological distress meadured by Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale (HADS) (Zigmond & Snaith, 1983).
Psychological flexibility measured by Psychological inflexibility in Pain Scale (PIPS) (Wicksell et al, 2010; Trompetter et al., 2014).
- TimepointsStudy parameters are measured at the end of the rehabilitation program (T1) and at 3 month follow-up after the end of the rehabilitation treatment (T2). This is one month after the end of the aftercare program.
- Trial web site
- statusplanned
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIESprof dr KMG Schreurs
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIESprof dr KMG Schreurs
- Sponsor/Initiator Roessingh Research and Development
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
Roessingh Rehabilitation Center
- Publications
- Brief summaryRationale: Many chronic pain patients find it difficult to retain behavior changes after multidisciplinary pain rehabilitation program. They experience barriers in living according to their personal values and to realize a balanced daily activity schedule in the presence of pain or negative thoughts. An aftercare program that prevent relapses is needed but not routinely offered due to limited therapist time and a lack of (financial) resources. A relapse prevention program based on e-health might overcome these barriers. Thus far, it is unknown whether patients can use the program on their own or whether a minimum of professional support is needed.

Objective: The first objective is to evaluate if the online aftercare program is more effective when it is supported by e-mail contact with a health care professional compared to no support in decreasing interference of pain complaints with daily life.
The secondary aim is to assess the clinical benefits of the online program on the outcomes pain intensity, psychological distress and the process variable psychological flexibility.

Study design: The design is a randomised controlled superiority study with two conditions. In the experimental condition patients get access to the online aftercare program and to a contact module that enables them to exchange e-mails with a healthcare professional. In the control condition patients only get access to the online aftercare program.

Study population: The study population exists of chronic pain patients that have received an inpatient or outpatient treatment at the Pain Department of the RCR.

Intervention (if applicable): The intervention consists of a psychosocial module, a physical module and a contact module in the experimental condition. The psychosocial module based on Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. The website and mobile application aim at sustaining valued actions. The physical training program consists of films and instructions of physical exercises that can be adapted individually. The contact module offers the opportunity to exchange e-mails in a safe environment. Participants are free to send as much e-mails as they want, the healthcare professional reacts once a week.

Main study parameters/endpoints: Main study outcome is pain interference measured at 3 month follow-up. Secondary study parameters are pain intensity, psychological distress and psychological flexibility at 3 months follow-up.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD30-dec-2015 - 14-feb-2016


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