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Human Studies

2020 Jul 23

BMJ Open



Efficacy, cost-utility and physiological effects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Behavioural Activation Treatment for Depression (BATD) in patients with chronic low back pain and depression: study protocol of a randomised, controlled trial


Sanabria-Mazo JP, Forero CG, Cristobal-Narváez P, Suso-Ribera C, García-Palacios A, Colomer-Carbonell A, Pérez-Aranda A, Andrés-Rodríguez L, McCracken LM, D'Amico F, Estivill-Rodríguez P, Carreras-Marcos B, Montes-Pérez A, Comps-Vicente O, Esteve M, Grasa M, Rosa A, Cuesta-Vargas AI, Maes M, Borràs X, et al.
BMJ Open. 2020 Jul 23; 10(7):e038107.
PMID: 32709656.


The IMPACT study focuses on chronic low back pain (CLBP) and depression symptoms, a prevalent and complex problem that represents a challenge for health professionals. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Brief Behavioural Activation Treatment for Depression (BATD) are effective treatments for patients with persistent pain and depression, respectively. The objectives of this 12 month, multicentre, randomised, controlled trial (RCT) are (i) to examine the efficacy and cost-utility of adding a group-based form of ACT or BATD to treatment-as-usual (TAU) for patients with CLBP and moderate to severe levels of depressive symptoms; (ii) identify pre-post differences in levels of some physiological variables and (iii) analyse the role of polymorphisms in the gene, psychological process measures and physiological variables as mediators or moderators of long-term clinical changes.