What is this study about?
It is common for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to have depression and chronic pain. While medical and behavioral treatments for depression and pain exist, they are often not offered or accessible to persons with MS.
The purpose of this study is to (1) test the benefits of a patient-centered collaborative care treatment approach for persons with MS who also have depression and/or pain; and also (2) test whether this approach improves a person’s quality of life as well as the quality of care in the MS care system.
What does this study involve?
During your participation in the study you may complete the following:
- 4 interviews that last about 30-45 minutes long in-person or via telephone.
- 10-12 treatment sessions that last about 45-60 minutes over a 16-week period.
Participation in the study will last about 10 months. The treatment sessions may be completed over the phone or in-person depending on your preference. Compensation for completion of 3 of the 4 interviews and parking/ bus passes (if applicable) will be provided.
We're looking for people with MS:
- 18 years of age or older
- Living with moderate to severe chronic pain and/or depressive symptoms on a regular basis
- Able to read, speak and understand English
- A patient at the UW Medicine MS Center
About the researcher:
Dawn Ehde, PhD is a rehabilitation psychologist known for her work in chronic pain for people living with MS.
This study is funded by a grant from PCORI.