Clinical Research

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Pain and Comorbid Unipolar Depression

Do you experience chronic pain?

Does your pain make you feel down, depressed and hopeless?

You may be eligible for a research study involving Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

The Depression Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital is studying a new approach in the treatment of depressive symptoms in patients with chronic pain that can be used in addition to standard medical care. It includes an 8-week group skills training of MBCT. The training combines cognitive therapy with mindfulness meditation instruction and practice. The study is designed to evaluate how well this MBCT training works for treating depression in patients with chronic pain.

This research study does not require the use of medication. Study participants will receive an eight-week MBCT course at no cost. People who complete the entire study will receive up to $100 for their time.

Classes are held one evening a week for 2 hours at MGH. This study includes Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the brain and measurements of depression related hormones and inflammatory markers in the saliva and blood.

If you are at least 18 years or older and are interested in this research program, please call Aya at 617-724-0586. All inquiries are confidential.