Online Study for People with Chronic Pain who use prayer or meditation

Online Study for People with Chronic Pain who use prayer or meditation

The Prayer and Pain study is looking for adults who have chronic pain, from all spiritual and cultural backgrounds who pray or meditate to cope with their pain.  Adults from the U.S. and beyond, are invited to participate in this study to help us better understand how the use of these personal spiritual practices has been a tool for coping and managing their pain experience.  This study will allow for validation of a clinical tool that measures the petitionary content of prayers or meditational exercises that are favored by patients with pain. In addition, this effort will serve to create a bedside-prayer tool suitable for use by patients, their families, chaplains, pastors and healthcare workers.

Participation is easy through filling up a few online questionnaires about your experience of living with pain, how do you cope and how do you use your prayer or meditation time to help your condition. There are no in persons visits required.  If you are unable to participate online we will take your contact info and mail you a printout of the questionnaire with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

The study is conducted by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine and the Yale Program for Medicine, Spirituality and Religion.

For more information: Please go to https://rally.partners.org/study/prayerandpainstudy and to participate click on “screening questions” link.  Study contacts: The Rev. Dr. Marta Illueca, Clergy-Medical Liaison at prayerpain@gmail.com or via phone at 1-302-803-6818 or Dr. Samantha Meints, Principal Investigator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, 1-617-732-9014.