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How do chronic pain patients asses the on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy based online intervention “Living with pain”?

Maklenburg, N. van (2014) How do chronic pain patients asses the on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy based online intervention “Living with pain”?

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Abstract:Background: Acceptance- and commitment-based psychological interventions are a promising alternative for the treatment of chronic pain and indicate significant clinical improvement. Adherence plays a major role in the effectiveness of these interventions. To increase adherence, it is important to increase an intervention’s suitability for users, so they are motivated to use it. Objective: This study aimed at evaluating the experiences and satisfaction of chronic pain patients using an on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) web- based intervention. The experiences and satisfaction formed the grounds to improve the functionality and quality of the intervention and implement ACT in web- based interventions. Methods: In the main study 238 persons with chronic pain were randomly assigned to one of the three conditions: the experimental group (n= 82), a minimal intervention group (n= 79) and a waiting list control group (n= 77). This study focuses on the data of the participants of the experimental group that received the web- based intervention. Out of these 82 participants, 57 participants filled in the questionnaire about their experience with the online intervention properly. The qualitative and supporting quantitative data were analyzed. Results: In general the intervention was rated positive. Mainly the mindfulness- exercises, the experienced acceptance through the intervention and the exercises in general were highly valued. Conversely the feedback received in the intervention and the software were rated less favorably and received the most suggestions of improvement. Conclusions: The intervention is a promising treatment modality and is rated well. To increase adherence, more persuasive systems should be used and the way of giving feedback should be improved.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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