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Virtual Reality for GI Cancer Pain to Improve Patient Reported Outcomes
Patients with digestive tract malignancy often experience severe and unremitting abdominal pain that negatively affects physical, emotional, and social function, as well as health related quality of life (HRQOL). Therapeutic virtual reality (VR) has emerged as a promising and evidence-based treatment modality for cancer pain. Users of VR wear a pair of goggles with a close-proximity screen in front of the eyes that creates a sensation of being transported into lifelike, three-dimensional worlds. To date, VR has been limited to short-term clinical trials for cancer pain. Moreover, limited research exists on theory-based VR modalities beyond mere distraction, such as VR that employs acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with components of biofeedback and mindfulness. To bridge these gaps, this study seeks to: (1) assess the impact of immersive VR on patient-reported outcomes (PROs), including pain, activity metrics, and opioid use among patients with visceral pain from a digestive tract malignancy; (2) assess differences in PROs, activity metrics, and opioid use between skills-based VR therapy vs. distraction VR therapy; and (3) determine patient-level predictors of VR treatment response in visceral cancer pain. To address these aims, the study will measure PROs and opioid use in 360 patients randomized among 3 groups and follow them for 60 days after enrollment: (1) an enhanced VR group receiving skills-based VR; (2) a distraction-based VR group receiving patient-selected VR videos; and (3) a VR sham control group using a VR headset with 2-D content. The results will inform best practices for the implementation of VR for visceral cancer pain management and guide selection of patient-tailored experiences.Los Angeles, CaliforniaStart: October 2021
Effects of a 2-week Relaxing Music Intervention on Anxiety, Stress, and Gut Symptoms in Aerobic Exercisers
The objective of the study is to determine the impacts of a 2-week relaxing music intervention on stress, anxiety, and gut symptoms in individuals who regularly perform structured aerobic exercise. Gut symptoms like bloating, reflux, cramping, nausea, etc. are relatively common during prolonged aerobic exercise. In addition, previous research has established that levels of anxiety and stress are associated with a higher occurrence of these gut symptoms. Relaxing music has reduced anxiety in certain populations, but currently, no studies are available on its effects on anxiety, stress, and gut symptoms in people who regularly do aerobic exercise.Norfolk, VirginiaStart: January 2021
Chronic Pain Risk Associated With Menstrual Period Pain
The purpose of this study is to determine if some women with dysmenorrhea (painful periods) are at higher future risk of developing chronic pelvic pain (CPP) and if oral contraceptives (OC) can be used to reverse this chronic pain risk. Investigators will examine whether dysmenorrhea produces CPP via repetitive cross organ sensitization (COS) episodes. The use of cyclical OCs to eliminate dysmenorrhea is expected to reduce COS and decrease the risk of developing CPP.Evanston, IllinoisStart: July 2014