Last updated on May 2018

Interoceptive Exposure as a Treatment Option for Disabling Fear of Pain


Brief description of study

The aim of this study is to investigate the use of Interoceptive Exposure (IE) in treatment of disabling fear of pain using a single-case series design.

Detailed Study Description

The intervention Interoceptive Exposure (IE) is an exposure to bodily sensations used in treatment of variety of problems where body sensations are experienced as threatening. The application of IE is expected to reduce the threat value of pain and subsequently promote recovery. This study will evaluate the effects of IE and will briefly comprises of: education session explaining the rationale behind IE practice, teaching of the technique, supervised IE practice and self-monitored home practice twice daily for the period of two weeks. Depending on the length of baseline (i.e. observation period before the start of intervention) the study will last between 6 and 8 weeks. Daily Diary, a short nine item instrument was designed to measure the pain experience (intensity and interference) and fear of pain on a daily basis. Other, standard outcome measures include: pain related anxiety, pain catastrophising, pain related disability, knowledge about pain and general anxiety and depression. Study participants will be recruited during routine psychology screening assessment at the Pain Clinic at St James' Hospital. This study will recruit from clinical psychology waiting list patients.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03523637

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