Mobile Devices Support Clinical Trials of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Interview with:

Richard L Kravitz, MD, MSPH Professor, General Internal Medicine Director, UC Center Sacramento

Dr. Kravitz

Richard L Kravitz, MD, MSPH
Professor, General Internal Medicine
Director, UC Center Sacramento What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? 

Response:  The study was designed to address tso problems. The first is that many patients with chronic pain struggling to find a workable regimen.

The second is more general. Patient sometimes I hesitate to participate in clinical research because they right away do not see the relevance I directly to them selves. And have one trials are away I’m addressing both problems. What should readers take away from your report?

Response:  We found that patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain and their clinicians are readily engaged in and of one trials. We also saw that patients randomized to both the end of one trial group and the control room have significant improvements and they’re paying overtime. Improvement was somewhat better in the end of one group, but the difference was not statistically significant. Therefore, we cannot claim that and when trials were beneficial for this group of patients. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work? 

Response: Future trials might exam and less heterogeneous groups of patients and attempts to create a menu of treatment options with someone if you were choices. 


Kravitz RL, Schmid CH, Marois M, et al. Effect of Mobile Device–Supported Single-Patient Multi-crossover Trials on Treatment of Chronic Musculoskeletal PainA Randomized Clinical TrialJAMA Intern Med. Published online September 04, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.3981


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