Mindfulness and Chronic Pain

What is this research about?

Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present in the moment. It's also referred to as paying attention "on purpose."  Mindfulness is a different type of treatment that includes education about chronic pain and learning skills on how to change how a person thinks about his or her pain. We're interested in learning whether or not mindfulness works as a way to reduce pain in people living with MS.

What does this study involve?

This study is no longer enrolling new volunteers. The program being study included:

  • Eight in-person, group sessions (2 per week) that last approximately 2 hours. 
  • Two in-person assessments before and after the 8 sessions that take about an hour and a half. 
  • Daily website based assessments for one week before treatment and daily during treatment. 

This study was conducted at Harborview Medical Center or UW Medicine's Multiple Sclerosis Center.

About the researcher:

Dawn Ehde, PhD is a rehabilitation psychologist known for her work in chronic pain as well as using self-management programs to help people living with MS. Dawn is interested in positive psychology, such as concepts like happiness, resilience, and coping. 

UW Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Center

Now located at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, you may visit the clinic's website or call 206-598-3344 to make an appointment. 

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