Preoperative Cognitive Therapy for Improving Health Outcomes After TKA in High-risk Catastrophizing Subjects

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    Rush University Medical Center
Updated on 11 August 2022


The investigators propose a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effects of treatment intended to reduce pain catastrophizing among patients reporting high pain catastrophizing prior to total knee replacement(TKR), total hip replacement(THR), or shoulder surgery in an effort to thereby reduce the incidence of persistent post-surgical pain (PPP) and enhance physical function at 3-months post-surgery. Preemptive treatment aimed at a known predictor of PPP following total knee replacement is highly innovative and have potentially high impact for public health. Cognitive therapy is a well-tolerated modality among chronic pain patients with few if any side effects. Cognitive therapy (CT) represents an inexpensive method that could greatly reduce suffering and costly post-surgical pain management for high risk TKR patients.


Aim 1 is to determine which CT protocol is most effective in reducing Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) and Coping Strategies Questionnaire Catastrophizing Subscale (CSQ-CAT) scores in high-risk TKR candidates. CT will consist of four-to-eight weekly 1-hr individual cognitive therapy sessions prior to surgery.

Aim 2 is to compare the most efficient treatment from Aim 1 with a control group to evaluate pain relief at 3 months.

Condition Catastrophization
Treatment Routine care, Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Therapy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT01772329
SponsorRush University Medical Center
Last Modified on11 August 2022

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