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Allen KD, Somers TJ, Campbell LC, Arbeeva L, Coffman CJ, Cené CW, Oddone EZ, Keefe FJ. Pain coping skills training for African Americans with osteoarthritis: results of a randomized controlled trial. Pain. 2019 Jun 1; 160(6):1297-1307.
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Abstract: African Americans bear a disproportionate burden of osteoarthritis (OA), but they have been underrepresented in trials of behavioral interventions for pain. This trial examined a culturally tailored pain coping skills training (CST) program, compared to a wait list control group, among 248 African Americans with knee or hip OA. The pain CST program involved 11 telephone-based sessions over 3 months. Outcomes were assessed at baseline, 3 months (primary), and 9 months, and included the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) pain subscale (primary outcome), WOMAC total score and function subscale, PROMIS Pain Interference, Short-Form 12 Mental and Physical Composite Subscales, Coping Strategies Questionnaire-Total Coping Attempts, Pain Catastrophizing Scale, Patient Health Questionnaire-8, Arthritis Self-Efficacy Scale, and Patient Global Impression of Arthritis Symptom Change. Linear mixed models were fit for all outcomes. There were no significant between-group differences in WOMAC pain score at 3 months (-0.63 [95% confidence interval -1.45, 0.18]; P = 0.128) or 9 months (-0.84 [95% confidence interval -1.73, 0.06]; P = 0.068). Among secondary outcomes, at 3 months, there were significant differences, in favor of the CST group, for Coping Strategies Questionnaire Total Coping Attempts, Pain Catastrophizing Scale, Arthritis Self-Efficacy, and Patient Global Impression of Arthritis Symptom Change (P < 0.01). Coping Strategies Questionnaire Total Coping Attempts, Arthritis Self-Efficacy, and Patient Global Assessment Change were also significantly improved at 9 months in the CST group, compared with wait list (P < 0.01). The culturally tailored pain CST program did not significantly reduce pain severity but did improve key measures of pain coping and perceived ability to manage pain among African Americans with OA.