Treatments teaching people how to manage pain have been used to treat chronic pain in the
general population. The purpose of this study is to see if these treatments delivered over
the telephone can benefit persons with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury or an acquired
amputation. Specifically, we want to determine if these treatments can help reduce the
negative consequences that pain often causes in terms of a person's mood, daily activities,
and enjoyment of life. We are also interested in finding out if these treatments decrease a
- Definitive diagnosis of acquired amputation (AMP), multiple sclerosis (MS), or spinal
cord injury (SCI) confirmed by participants' primary care physicians
- Average pain intensity in the past month of greater than 3 on 0-10 numeric rating
- Pain is either worse or started since the onset of the disability;
- Pain of at least six months duration, with pain reportedly present greater than or
equal to half of the days in the past six months;
- Read, write and understand English;
- Must be able to communicate over the phone (i.e., must be verbal);
- Age 18 years or older.
- Cognitive impairment defined as one or more errors on the Six-Item screener (Callahan
et al., 2002).
- Current or previous participation in a psychological treatment for pain (obtained via
- Current participation in a psychological treatment for any reason on a regular
basis(obtained via self-report).