About the Study

The Mood and Postoperative Pain Study (MAP-Pain) is a large research study of patients undergoing surgery. This trial follows patients throughout their recovery process comparing an intervention with enhanced usual care. This is a randomized, controlled trial – this means that some patients will receive the study intervention and other patients will receive usual care. Funding for this study is provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

What Will I be asked to do?

If you partner with us for this research study, you may be asked to:

Complete a 15-minute online survey before your surgery
This baseline packet gives us important information about you, so we can learn what contributes to surgical recovery, and who may benefit most from the intervention.

Complete a 5-10 minute survey each week after your surgery
This weekly survey helps us to track your progress towards recovery.

Receive Intervention or Enhanced Usual Care
For both groups, you will contacted weekly by our study team for two months following your surgery for a 20-minute phone conversation about your recovery.

What is The Intervention?

The Intervention involves Motivational Interviewing and Physician-Guided Opioid Weaning. If you are in the intervention group, you will speak to a Nurse Practitioner weekly, for two months to receive support and education. This will focus on your medication, and the Nurse Practitioner will give you instructions on how to gradually reduce your opioid pain medication.

What is Enhanced Usual Care?

If you are in the advanced Usual Care group, you will speak with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) weekly for two months, to receive education and information about your opioid pain medication and pain management resources.

Who Can Participate in MAP-Pain?

  • Undergoing surgery with one of our participating surgeons
  • Able and willing to complete online surveys
  • Not pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
  • Why is this study important?

    Few studies have focused on reducing the amount of time patients suffer following surgery. Being part of this project will help you learn more about your own health, and risks to your recovery. You will also help physicians develop better ways to treat future patients experiencing the same problems you are experiencing now.  This study may help us learn how to speed the recovery of patients following surgery, reduce dependence on pain medications, and even prevent chronic pain following surgery.

    How will I benefit?

    Whether you receive intervention or usual care, you will speak to our surgery team throughout your recovery. This may give you the opportunity to learn more about your recovery process.

    We cannot guarantee you will receive any benefit. We do hope that this study will allow us to develop better strategies to help future patients manage pain, mood, and their medication.

    What are the risks?

    The risks associated with the study are very low. For both groups, questionnaires may be inconvenient to complete, and take some extra time. Some of the questions we ask may be about sensitive topics. We make sure to maintain and protect your privacy, keeping all your information confidential as required by law.

    Is there any compensation?

    Partners will earn a 20$ gift card for completing an initial, 15-minute survey before their survey. Participants can also earn an additional 20$ gift card for participating in the study for three months, and a third 20$ gift card for participating in the study for one year.

    How do I learn more?

    Please email the research coordinator at lxp@stanford.edu for more information, or call us at 650-721-2991.

    Who is on the Research Team?

    Principal Investigator
    Jennifer Hah, MD, MS

    Sean Mackey, MD, PhD

    Research Coordinator
    Luke X. Pirrotta