Integrated behavioral self-management simultaneously targeting obesity and pain: the stop trial
The Health Behavior Research Lab is currently running a free clinic for individuals struggling with both weight and chronic pain. We are seeking to understand the relationship between obesity and chronic pain and develop new treatments to address these common conditions. Individuals aged 18 or older who are obese and experience pain on a regular basis are eligible for treatment. The purpose of this research study is to compare traditional behavioral weight loss and pain management treatment to an integrated treatment approach. No medications will be given and all treatments are completely free.
“We know that obesity often occurs with other medical conditions, and pain is commonly reported by individuals who are overweight or obese,” said Dr. Janke. “Research has shown that self-management approaches to weight loss and pain management work to help individuals lose weight and experience less pain. What we don’t know is which approach works best for individuals who have both obesity and chronic pain. In our current study, a therapist will meet individually with each client to provide the ‘gold standard’ of care in either weight loss, pain management, or an integrated treatment approach that addresses both weight and pain simultaneously.” [read more]
The study consists of twelve weekly, one-hour sessions, one follow up session three months later and a final assessment one year after treatment. During these sessions, you will work with your clinician on a variety of subjects ranging from mindfulness to calorie counting, goal-setting to relaxation exercises.
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am i eligible?
We'll conduct a 10-minute interview with you over the phone to determine eligibility for The STOP Trial. While each client is evaluated on a case-by-case basis, eligible participants typically meet the following criteria:
If you have questions about whether or not you meet criteria, call us at 215-596-7185.
can i pick my treatment group?
After your baseline is completed we will randomly assign you to one of three treatment groups: (1) chronic pain; (2) weight loss; or (3) integrated treatment for chronic pain and weight loss. Participants are not able to select which treatment group they will be assigned to. If you have questions or concerns about this, please don't hesitate to ask! Call us at 215-596-7185 or email us.
how long will it take?
The STOP Trial consists of one baseline assessment, eleven treatment sessions, and two follow-up sessions. All sessions are held at the Health Behavior Research Lab at University of the Sciences.