Power Over Pain (POP) Study

What is this research about? 

People with medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, acquired amputation, and conditions that affect the lower back often experience chronic pain. Different types of treatment that include self-hypnosis, education about chronic pain, and learning skills on how to change how a person thinks about his / her pain have been used to treat chronic pain. The purpose of this study is to see if these different treatments can help decrease pain in people with certain medical conditions, and how and why these treatments work. 

What does this study involve?

  • Four in-person treatment sessions that last about 60 minutes.
  • Two in-person brain activity assessments at the University of Washington before and after treatment (about 1 hour).
  • Telephone interviews before, during, and after treatment.

Participation in this study will last about 14 months. You will be paid for completing the assessments and interviews. Parking will be provided as well. 

How do I learn more about this study?

Contact us at 206-221-7224 or toll-free at 1-800-570-5576. Or you may fill out this online form and our research staff will contact you. 

About the researcher:

Mark Jensen, PhD is a rehabilitation psychologist who has more than 20 years of experience working with people living and aging with MS, MD, SCI, and other neurological conditions and injuries. Dr. Jensen is also known world-wide for his work in treating chronic pain with hypnosis. 



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