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Titles & IDs
Public title
Optimising Cognitive Function in Patients With Chronic Pain
Scientific title
Optimising Cognitive Function in Patients With Chronic Pain
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CF14/2985 - 2014001639
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
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Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Chronic Pain 0 0
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Condition code
Neurological 0 0 0 0
Other neurological disorders
Musculoskeletal 0 0 0 0
Other muscular and skeletal disorders

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Behaviour - Computerised cognitive training
Behaviour - Video watching

Experimental: Computerised cognitive training - The cognitive training protocol will be run using pre-validated software, HappyNeuronPro, that delivers cognitive training games. The games are designed to be visually interesting and engaging, and are varied so that each session will comprise multiple different games, to avoid boredom. They begin with easy-to-follow instructions and demonstrations, then as the participant progresses, the difficulty is automatically increased in correspondence with their performance, to avoid ceiling or plateau effects. Participants will be assigned a program targeting multiple facets of cognition found to be compromised in chronic pain states, including divided attention, working memory, mentally planning a sequence of items to form a pattern or complete a puzzle, and response inhibition.

Active Comparator: Video watching - This group will be provided with a variety of videos to watch, the content of which will be in the style of documentaries on general interest topics such as nature, travel, culture, and history. Each video is followed by multiple-choice questions that participants will answer, to ensure attention was engaged. The videos are visually stimulating and engaging, but involve no increment in difficulty or requirement to improve skills. They may provide some distraction from pain and may be relaxing, interesting and informative.

Behaviour: Computerised cognitive training

Behaviour: Video watching

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Comparator / control treatment
Control group

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Objective cognitive functioning - Composite of neuropsychological test scores
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8 weeks
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Subjective cognitive functioning - Self-report measures of cognition
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8 weeks
Secondary outcome [1] 0 0
Pain - Pain intensity and interference from the Brief Pain Inventory
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8 weeks
Secondary outcome [2] 0 0
Mood and coping - Self-report measures of anxiety, depression, pain catastrophizing and pain self-efficacy
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8 weeks
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Heart rate variability - Electrophysiological measure
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8 weeks

Key inclusion criteria
- Chronic pain condition

- Access to computer and internet
Minimum age
18 Years
Maximum age
65 Years
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
- High dosages of opioid or benzodiazepine medication

- Currently receiving active allied health treatment

- Intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, dementia, or other neurological

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Masking / blinding
Blinded (masking used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?

The people analysing the results/data
Intervention assignment
Other design features
Not Applicable
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Statistical methods / analysis

Recruitment status
Data analysis
Reason for early stopping/withdrawal
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Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
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Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
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Monash University - Melbourne
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- Melbourne

Funding & Sponsors
Primary sponsor type
Monash University
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The Alfred
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University of Sydney
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Ethics approval
Ethics application status

Brief summary
Cognitive difficulties often occur with chronic pain. The aim of this randomised controlled
trial is to determine whether various aspects of cognitive function can be improved. An
8-week course of cognitive training via a web-based training program (3 times per week) will
be contrasted with watching informative documentary videos (for the same length of time).
Outcomes include subjective and objective measures of cognition, as well as self-report
measures of mood and pain.
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Principal investigator
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Melita Giummarra, PhD
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Monash University
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