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Human Studies

2022 May 11

Contemp Clin Trials

Communication and Activation in Pain to Enhance Relationships and Treat Pain with Equity (COOPERATE): Rationale, study design, methods, and sample characteristics.


Matthias MS, Adams J, Burgess D, Daggy J, Eliacin J, Flores P, Hirsh AT, Myers LJ, Perkins AJ, Menen T, Procento P, Rand KL, Salyers MP, Shanahan ML, Bair MJ
Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 May 11:106790.
PMID: 35568376.


Chronic pain is associated with profound negative effects, and racial disparities are well-documented in chronic pain treatment. In addition, Black patients report poorer communication with providers and exhibit lower levels of patient activation (self-management self-efficacy) than White patients. Although the causes of healthcare disparities are complex and require intervention at multiple levels, empowering patients is one critical path to achieving health equity. The current study is a coaching intervention focused on increasing patient activation and building communication skills for Black patients with chronic pain.