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Human Studies

2020 Dec 12

Pain Med



Targeting Chronic Pain in Primary Care Settings by Using Behavioral Health Consultants: Methods of a Randomized Pragmatic Trial.


Goodie JL, Kanzler KE, McGeary CA, Blankenship AE, Young-McCaughan S, Peterson AL, Cobos BA, Dobmeyer AC, Hunter CL, Blue Star J, Bhagwat A, McGeary DD
Pain Med. 2020 Dec 12; 21(Supplement_2):S83-S90.
PMID: 33313725.


Manualized cognitive and behavioral therapies are increasingly used in primary care environments to improve nonpharmacological pain management. The Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (BCBT-CP) intervention, recently implemented by the Defense Health Agency for use across the military health system, is a modular, primary care-based treatment program delivered by behavioral health consultants integrated into primary care for patients experiencing chronic pain. Although early data suggest that this intervention improves functioning, it is unclear whether the benefits of BCBT-CP are sustained. The purpose of this paper is to describe the methods of a pragmatic clinical trial designed to test the effect of monthly telehealth booster contacts on treatment retention and long-term clinical outcomes for BCBT-CP treatment, as compared with BCBT-CP without a booster, in 716 Defense Health Agency beneficiaries with chronic pain.