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