Empowered Relief® is a 1-session (2-hour) intervention that rapidly equips patients with effective pain relief skills. Four randomized controlled trials conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine show efficacy for reducing chronic pain as well as pain and need for opioids after surgery. All four trials have yielded clinically meaningful results and durable efficacy at 3 month and 6-months post-treatment. With benefits across a range of symptoms, 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.
Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, we are testing the comparative effectiveness study of 1-session online Empowered Relief® vs. 8-session online cognitive behavioral therapy in 1,650 diverse people with different types of pain conditions receiving care at our six study sites. Learn more about the PROGRESS study.