Back Pain Consortium Research Program (The BACPAC Study)

Principal Investigators:

  • Afton L. Hassett, PsyD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan
  • Daniel Clauw, MD, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan 

Summary: The BACPAC study will test different ways to improve functioning and pain experienced by people with chronic low back pain. Participants will be randomly assigned to 1 of 4 different treatments that they will engage in for 8 weeks: self-administered acupressure; physical therapy and exercise; Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) therapy; or a regimen of Duloxetine (Cymbalta). Following this initial 8-week period, participants may be assigned to a different treatment to engage in for 8 weeks if their pain is not greatly improved. Findings will be used to assist clinicians in prescribing effective treatments based on the patient’s individual characteristics. The study requires 5 visits with the research team at the Back & Pain Center, and includes 2 optional opportunities for additional assessment.

Compensation: Participants are paid up to $1,320  upon completion of the study. 

Who can participate: Men and women between the ages of 25 and 70 with chronic low back pain may sign up to be further screened for eligibility. 


Phone: 734-763-5226

Interested in participating? Sign up to be screened at UMHealth.