The Health Behavior Research (HBR) Lab at the University of the Sciences is offering free treatment for individuals coping with both weight and chronic pain. The new study, officially titled "Integrated Behavioral Treatment for Co-Morbid Obesity and Chronic Pain", is aimed at adults with obesity and chronic pain. Adults 18 years and older who are obese and experience pain on a regular basis are eligible for treatment and to participate in the study, which the report notes is the only one of its kind in Philadelphia.
To help combat the ever-increasing obesity rates in the U.S. and to reduce the suffering from the pain that can occur as a result of increased weight, the HBR lab seeks to understand the relationship between obesity and pain. In addition, the lab aims to develop new treatments to address the conditions under the direction of Elizabeth Amy Janke, PhD. Janke explains that in the study, a therapist will meet with each participant individually to provide care for weight loss, pain management, or integrated treatment approach that addresses both issues.
The HBR Lab has a number of grant-funded studies that examine both obesity and pain, in addition to being a training site for advanced master's and doctoral students in clinical psychology. Studies may range from simple questionnaires to lab-based tasks examining these issues. The present study regarding chronic pain and obesity is being funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Health Research Formula Funds. For additional information about the program, the Health Behavior Research Lab can be reached by calling (215) 596-7185.
Source: University of the Sciences