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Offline tbrbeast

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Phantom Pain Research Project
« on: March 19, 2009, 03:29:22 PM »
Here is some info on a research project on phantom pain being done out of Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, OR.  I also posted this in the General Discussion section to make sure that the widest possible audience can see it.

From:  Oregon Health And Science University (OHSU)

Contact: Beth Darnell at OHSU via e-mail

Have you had an amputation? Do you have phantom limb pain?

Researchers at OHSU are looking for people to be part of a research
study investigating the effectiveness of mirror therapy. The study
procedures are not standard treatment. 

[You do not have to live in Oregon to participate]

Phantom limb pain is pain that seems to come from the arm or leg that
has been amputated.  To participate, you must be 18-65 years old with
phantom limb pain following amputation of all or part of an arm or
leg on one side of the body only.  Other eligibility criteria apply.

The study lasts for six months.We will show you how to do mirror
therapy at home and ask you to use it for a short time every day.  We
will send you questionnaires to fill out and mail back four times
over the six-month period.  You may continue your usual medications
and treatments during the study. 

There will be no cost to you for participating in this study.  If you
qualify, you will receive up to $90 for your participation. You may
or may not benefit from being in this study.

Principal Investigator:
Beth Darnall, PhD
OHSU Dept. of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR  97239
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Re: Phantom Pain Research Project
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2009, 10:05:23 AM »
The bit that says "you do not have to live in Oregon to participate" was apparantly added in by someone other than those conducting the study.

You do, in fact, have to live there (or get yourself there) as they require at least one face-to-face interview.

Interesting though.  I've never tried the mirror therapy thing.....have heard it does work for some....


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