Empowered Relief is a single-session (2-hour) intervention that rapidly equips patients with effective pain relief skills. The Empowered Relief line of science includes four randomized controlled trials conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine involving patients with chronic pain and patients undergoing different types of surgery. All four trials have yielded clinically meaningful results and durable efficacy at 3 month and 6-months post-treatment. Multidimensional benefits across a range of symptoms suggest that Empowered Relief is an all-purpose intervention for people with acute and chronic pain.
An NIH-funded randomized controlled trial revealed that in people with chronic low back pain 1-session Empowered Relief is clinically equivalent to 16 hours of cognitive behavioral therapy (gold-standard behavioral treatment for chronic pain) at 3 months post-treatment for reducing pain-related distress, pain intensity, pain interference, pain bothersomeness, depression, anxiety, fatigue and sleep disturbance.
A second study showed that online-received Empowered Relief imparts clinically meaningful benefits across a broad range of symptoms (pain intensity, pain bothersomeness, pain interference, pain-related distress and sleep disturbance).
Clinician Certification Workshops:
“Empowered Relief” instructor certification workshops are available to licensed clinicians through Stanford University.
Three NIH-funded trials are investigating Empowered Relief in different patient populations. In 2021, Beth received an $11.1M research award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to conduct a national comparative effectiveness study of 1-session online Empowered Relief vs. 8-session online cognitive behavioral therapy for people with all types of pain conditions.