Treating Chronic Pain in Buprenorphine Patients in Primary Care Settings

Status:Active, not recruiting
Conditions:Chronic Pain, Depression, Psychiatric
Therapuetic Areas:Musculoskeletal, Psychiatry / Psychology
Age Range:18 - 75
Start Date:September 2012
End Date:September 2016

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Individuals will be recruited by posted advertisements in the waiting rooms of the PCP
offices and by physician referral. After an initial phone screen, research staff will meet
with interested individuals in their PCP offices for informed consent, baseline interview
and randomization. Participants will be randomized into a Health Education study arm, and
receive 7 individual sessions on general health education, or an Intervention study arm, and
receive 7 individual sessions of the Treating Opioid Patients' Pain and Sadness (TOPPS)

Inclusion Criteria:

- Chronic Pain, defined as pain duration for at least six months with a mean score of 5
or higher on the BPI Pain Interference Scale;

- Pain severity of 40 or higher on a Visual Analog Scale (0-100) indicating "worst pain
in the last week";

- Previous attempt at initial steps of PCP guideline pain care: must have had at least
one trial of recommended medication (i.e. acetaminophen, NSAIDS, skeletal muscle
relaxants) judged through interviews with patients and PCPs;

- QIDS score of ≥ 10 (depression severity)

- If using an antidepressant, the dose must be stable for the previous 2 months;

- Age 18 or older

- Has received buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone)for at least the last 3 months;

- Plan to continue buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone)for at least 3 months.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Lifetime DSM-IV diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or other chronic
psychotic condition;

- Current DSM-IV diagnosis of substance dependence for sedative/hypnotic drugs,
alcohol, stimulants, or cocaine;

- Suicidal ideation or behavior requiring immediate attention;

- In psychotherapy or in a multidisciplinary pain management program at baseline;

- Anticipate having surgery in the next 6 months;

- Pain thought to be due to cancer, infection, inflammatory arthritis, or associated
with severe or progressive neurological deficits;

- SSDI or SSI claim pending;

- Pregnancy.
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345 Blackstone Blvd
Providence, Rhode Island 02906
(401) 455-6200
Butler Hospital Founded in 1844, Butler Hospital is the state's only non-profit, free-standing psychiatric hospital...
Providence, RI
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