Prerecorded Autosuggestion in Long-standing Pain Intervention

2014-07-24 14:10:29 | BioPortfolio


The first objective of this thesis is to investigate the hypothesis that prerecorded autosuggestion (PA) can be a theoretically valuable (efficacy) and practical (efficiency) tool in the care of many patients with chronic pain. With a prevalence in chronic pain conditions of +/- 20% of adults, chronic pain is a huge problem for individuals as well as for society, absorbing an enormous amount of resources. Even with all available treatments, many people still suffer from chronic pain, in particular when this pain has a psychosomatic ('functional') origin. In the PALPI study (Prerecorded Autosuggestion in Long-standing Pain Intervention), accompanying this thesis, efforts are made to mainly involve chronic pain of clearly psychosomatic origin.


A number of GPs will be contacted. A working definition of 'chronic pain patient' is put forward. Only patients with chronic pain for which present research suspects a substantial degree of psychosomatic causality are withheld. A randomization of these into three groups is performed by the appropriate department of the VUB. The three groups are: a control group (receiving 'care as usual'), a group receiving additionally to care as usual, 5 autosuggestion CDs (containing +/- 25 different sessions of autosuggestion) and a group receiving additionally to care as usual, email assistance (through a specific internet module), including downloadable CDs as appropriate and access to 'AurelisOnLine' (an internet application with > 900 different sessions of autosuggestion). Three of the CDs contain pre-recorded sessions of relaxation + autosuggestion aimed at diminishing pain. Other CDs are about relaxation, general wellness, etc. Each arm of investigation contains 30 subjects. Assessments are made at 3 points in time: at the start, at 1 month from the start and at 3 months from the start. The following will be measured: quality of life (through a Dutch version of the WHYMPI-scale), levels of pain intensity and quality (through a Dutch version of MPQ) and use of painkillers. In addition to this, the acceptance/satisfaction of physicians and patients of this kind of treatment will also be the subject of this investigation.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care




care as usual + 5 specific CDs, care as usual + email assistance + AoL + CDs


Free University Brussels


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