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Agile Development of a Digital Exposure Treatment for Youth With Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
This project proposes to systematically develop and evaluate the feasibility and preliminary
effectiveness of a digitally delivered, graded exposure treatment for youth with chronic
musculoskeletal pain, utilizing a sequential replicated and randomized single-case
experimental design (SCED). SCED provides the opportunity to rigorously evaluate treatment
effectiveness at the individual level.
Development of iGET Living will be based on a series of short iterations, with alpha testing
(Aim 1) on a small sample of adolescents with chronic pain (N = 15) and their parents (N =
15). For Aim 1, participants will participate in three, two hour focus groups (one per week
over the course of three weeks), resulting in 6 total hours of participation per participant
for Aim 1.
Aim 2 will involve a sample (N = 20 youth, N = 20 parents) of naïve end-users. Participants
will be enrolled in a baseline period ranging from 7-25 days (done to support SCED
methodology) after which they will be enrolled in the online intervention program, lasting
6-weeks. Patients will be contacted 3-months post-discharge from treatment (week 22 of
enrollment) and will complete self-report outcome measures at this time.
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