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Multiple Family Groups, Mindfulness and the Management of Chronic Pain, and High Risk Opiate Use

WSU Office of Research
1/1/2013 – 6/30/2015


Chronic pain is a significant public health problem in the U.S. Increasing numbers of chronic pain patients are treated with long-term opioid therapy. Many of these patients contend with chronic pain as well as the risk of developing an opioid addiction. The impacts of chronic pain on family members are often as life-altering as those of the person living with the pain. Family members often suffer along with the pain patient, developing their own dysfunctional symptoms, and coping strategies. Over time, the pain may become the central organizing feature of the family. This treatment development study will test the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of an MFG-Mindfulness intervention for patients and their spousal caregivers. Results from this pilot study will be an important first step in advancing treatment options for individuals with chronic pain and prescription opioid misuse.

Primary Investigator

Dennis Dyck

Dennis Dyck, PhD
WSU Spokane