Are you or a loved one living with chronic pain?

 

There’s a new clinical trial currently recruiting that is exploring a new treatment approach called SDR Therapy.

This study is an online replication of earlier studies which relieved pain for over 85% of participants.

Am I Eligible?

Overview of Trial

This short video explains eligibility for the trial, as well as providing a basic understanding of the method used to switch off chronic pain signalling.

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Eligibility Criteria

Please consider the following three questions to see whether you may be eligible to participate in the SDR Therapy study for chronic pain. When you are ready, click the button below to download your documentation.

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  • Is your chronic pain non-malignant (ie; not caused by a tumour or cancer)
  • Is your chronic pain not fully explained by injury or damage (ie; you may have had injury in the past but should be pain free by now, or you may have damage or deterioration that does not cause pain for other people)
  • Does your chronic pain NOT have an acute cause (eg; endometriosis, adenomyosis, rheumatoid disorders, pinched nerve)

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For specific questions related to your eligibility we encourage you to contact office@lifeworks-group.com.au.

Downloads for the Trial

About the Study

According to the latest Deloitte report*, currently the vast majority of chronic pain sufferers are not being helped by any treatment, whether that is medication, physical therapy, or psychological treatment, or a combination of all three.

This represents hundreds of billions of dollars of expense, but more importantly represents some 1.5 billion people who are not able to fully engage with their families, workplaces, and communities, and are living each day in pain.

This is a Phase 3 clinical trial of SDR Therapy for non-malignant chronic pain without adequate explanatory pathology, which represents some 95% of all chronic pain types.

SDR Therapy takes advantage of the well-accepted view that most chronic pain is mediated by the brain, rather than by an old injury, even though the pain itself is very real and in most cases will feel like it’s coming from the exact same location.

Previous small studies have shown SDR Therapy to be highly effective for this kind of chronic pain, and it is important to test whether this strategy remains effective when provided remotely, to many more people.

*Painaustralia.The Cost of Pain in Australia.2019;(March):121

STATUS

Active and recruiting participants now. Participants can start at any time.

PATIENT GOAL

We expect to recruit 1000 chronic pain patients into this trial.

TRIAL PHASE

This is a Phase 3 Open Label Clinical Trial.

FAQS

Trial overview

Participants will be provided with a comprehensive online program, backed by weekly teleconferencing, online support group, and personal email support.

Who may NOT be eligible for this trial

There are exclusion criteria for the trial, as at this state it isn’t suitable for everyone. In addition, we know that if people have some specific complicating factors, they may not make progress by the time the trial has ended and this would not allow us to properly assess the intervention.

Following this trial, it is expected that psychologists and other health professionals will be able to help a much wider variety of pain patients who require more comprehensive support.

Specifically, the people for whom the trial would not be appropriate at this point are those who:

  • Are struggling with severe mood or personality disorders
  • Have addiction issues which could interfere with their ability to undertake the program
  • Have severe stress or trauma which needs to be resolved as a priority
  • Have cognitive issues which may prevent them from understanding and engaging with the program
  • Have several different pain locations and/or several other physical symptoms such as severe fatigue, or sleep dysfunction

If you are in doubt about your eligibility and would like to discuss that with us, please do that by emailing us on office@lifeworks-group.com.au.

How do I get onto the trial

Application for the trial is made by providing your doctor referral (you’ll find the referral form amongst the downloads below (see Download section of this page).

Following review of the referral to ensure that you meet the criteria for the trial, you’ll be asked to sign a consent form and confidentiality agreement, and to fill in a form which will enable us to get a benchmark for your pain and other symptoms that may accompany the pain.

Once these are completed you’ll be provided with your login to the program as well as links to the support group, and an email for private support.

How does this study work

Participants work through the online program at their own pace and are asked to engage with the online support group for more personal assistance. We hope that many people will be able to join the teleconferences, but these will be recorded for those who can’t make it.

The aim is to make the program as supportive and as valuable as possible in order that participants feel they are being personally cared for throughout the program, and even beyond if they wish.

In order to test the effectiveness of the program, we need to collect data before, during and after the trial. Participants can be completely confident that no identifying information will ever be shared.

What participants will receive

Immediately you are accepted on the trial you will receive login details to the online program, as well as links to the support group and a private email for personal support. You will also receive a link to our data collection survey so that we can accurately assess your progress.

What can participants expect to happen

Most people should see reduction or complete elimination of their pain. Speed of progress is not affected by the severity of pain, nor by the length of time that someone has suffered. The main determinant of speed of progress is the amount of stress or other factors which we also need to resolve.

To put this very simply, the more things we have to resolve in order to help your brain and nervous system go back to normal function, the longer it may be before you notice a significant difference.

We cannot guarantee that you will be pain free or that you will reduce your pain. There will always be people for whom this will not work, or who may need a longer time to get a result.

Contact

To learn more about this study, particularly if you have questions around eligibility, please email our Director of Clinical Studies on office@lifeworks-group.com.au, or use the contact form below.

Downloads

These are the documents you’ll need in order to learn more about the trial, and to apply for the trial.

Once we receive your doctor’s referral, we will contact you to advise the next step.

Right click on each of these and select “save as” in order to download.

Invitation to Participants – Including Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria 

Methodology

Referral Form

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