Current Study

Mindfulness-Based Pain Reduction

Black man with hand on his lower back

The Mindfulness-Based Pain Reduction (MBPR) Study is seeking adults with chronic low back pain for an interactive, internet-based study using Zoom. Do you have chronic low back pain? Do you have a smart phone and computer or tablet with internet access? Want to try out an 8-week mindfulness course to help you cope? Participate in a remote study using weekly 2 ½ hour long mindfulness classes and a daylong retreat that may help you better cope with your pain.

Participant Eligibility:

  • Have chronic low back pain
  • Are 18+ years old
  • Have a smartphone and a computer or tablet and able to use it regularly for study activities

Participant Activities:

  • Participate in an interactive internet based 8-week program on Zoom
  • Participate in weekly 2 ½ hour-long Zoom classes and a 6 hour Zoom retreat
  • Participate in 2 in-person visits, where you will have a ~1 hour brain MRI at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (the first 20 participants).
  • Practice at home for 30 minutes every day
  • Complete online questionnaires twice during the 8-week period and at 6 months
  • Possibly be interviewed after the study (1-2 hours over Zoom)
  • Be compensated for your time.

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Email us at [email protected]


Principal Investigators: Wolf Mehling, MD; Frederick Hecht, MD

Clinical Research Coordinator: Kirsten Rogers


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