Information Sheet for Participants

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Project Title: The Effect of Self-As-Context on Distress and Avoidance Behaviors in People with Chronic Pain

We would like to invite you to participate in this project. This study investigates the effect of a psychological process on the impact of pain-related experience in people with chronic pain.

What is the purpose of this project?

This is part of a PhD project at King’s College London. It is hoped that this study can improve our understanding of methods that can be used for treatment of pain and improve outcomes for people with chronic pain. 

Psychological treatments have been applied to chronic pain and are beneficial in terms of improving functioning of people with chronic pain. Better understanding of the therapeutic processes or mechanisms of these treatments can help improve effectiveness of treatments. In the current study, we examine the effect of one of these potential therapeutic processes. To do this we test the effectiveness of a specific technique to help people manage or better respond to unwanted thoughts and feelings. 

Who is eligible to take part?

Adults (aged ≥18) reporting or diagnosed with fibromyalgia are eligible to participate.

What will I have to do if I agree to take part?

1. You will complete five questionnaires, rating of pain intensity, and rating of distress level.

(The study includes five short questionnaires, measures of two psychological processes which indicate your openness to pain and your sense of yourself or of your identity respectively, and measures of three outcomes including depression, interference with daily functioning in general due to pain, and specifically the impact of pain on your daily social and work activities.)

2. You will receive a training delivered through video (audio) for managing distress. 

3. You will watch a video clip showing people with chronic pain.

4. You will again complete the ratings of distress level, and have the option to watch the video clip again or not.  

How much of my time will participation involve?

Participation should take no more than half an hour.

Will my participation in the project remain confidential?  

The information you provide is confidential and anonymous. Your responses to the questionnaires will be used for the purpose of this project only. The results from the analyses of the combined data will be summarized and submitted for publication in an academic journal.

What are the advantages of taking part?

You can learn a technique to deal with distress, or other unwanted feelings and thoughts which can often be induced by chronic pain.

Are there any disadvantages of taking part?

The video clip showing people in pain can induce distress similar to other occasions when we see others in distress.

Do I have to take part in the study?

No, your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. If you agree to participate, you are free to discontinue your participation at any time during the project  and withdraw your data after your participation.

Who should I contact for further information?

If you have any questions or require more information about this study, please contact me using the following contact details:

What if I have further questions, or if something go wrong?

If this study has harmed you in any way or if you wish to make a complaint about the conduct of the study you can contact King's College London using the details below for further advice and information:

Professor Lance M. McCracken
Health Psychology Section, Psychology Department, IoPPN, Guy's Campus