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Sleep Study for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine are seeking participants with SCI for a study of sleep and health.

The goal of the SCI Sleep Study is to better understand the relationship between sleep problems and health complications in people with SCI. We hope our findings will lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of sleep problems for people with SCI.

The main study will take place over 2 weeks. During that time, participants complete a set of questionnaires, wear a sleep monitor on their wrist for about 10 days, and take part in two in-home sleep tests, similar to the tests that are done in sleep clinics. For each in-home test, two members of the research team will come to your home in the evening to set up the equipment for the study. One of the team will then come back to your home to collect the equipment. There will be payment for participation. You may be eligible to participate if you:

Contact us at msmersh@uw.edu or 206-543-6995 for more information.

Click here for the printable flyer.

Pain Study for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury (SCI) and experience SCI-related pain? Researchers in the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine are currently recruiting participants for a new study on SCI-related chronic pain.

Chronic pain is prevalent and disabling in people with SCI. Medications alone often do not cure the pain. Pilot research suggests that training in self-hypnosis and cognitive therapy (HCT) can reduce chronic SCI-related pain. Thus far, people have learned HCT only during in-person counseling sessions. We think that training in HCT could be as effective if done via videoconference calls.

The purpose of this study is to find out whether people achieve as much pain relief and other benefits from training in HCT via videoconference calls versus in-person visits. If HCT via videoconference calls is just as effective and safe, more people could benefit from this therapy.

You may be eligible for this study if you: 1) Are 18 years or older, 2) Have a diagnosis of SCI, 3) Experience moderate to severe chronic SCI-related pain on a regular basis, 4) Are able to read, speak, and understand English; and 5) Have access to a webcam, microphone, and the Internet.

No in-person visits are required AND you can earn up to $75 for participation!

Contact us at 206-616-8744 or scipop@uw.edu for more information. If you choose to send an email, the University of Washington cannot guarantee confidentiality of the email.