Recruiting participants for chronic pain study

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My name is Terry Borsook. I am currently completing a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Toronto. As part of my doctoral research, I am collaborating with the Wasser Pain Management Clinic at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto on a study aimed at investigating the links between different types of day-to-day social and psychological events on the experience of pain in people living with chronic pain. We are currently recruiting participants for this study.



Most research on relationship between psychological factors (e.g., depression, anxiety) and pain assume that these factors are fixed -- you’re a “depressed person” or an “anxious person”. But everyday living involves a great deal of variability, of ups and downs, and our thoughts, feelings, perspectives and other psychological variables shift around constantly in response. Something nice occurs and we feel good, whereas trying to accomplish something that is not working out elicits frustration. Spending time with someone whose company we enjoy gives us a feeling of belonging and acceptance, whereas an argument with a spouse can make us feel lonely. The question is how does this stream of daily events impact pain and how does pain impact our experience of these events? Surprisingly we know very little about this. The purpose of my study, then, is to expand our understanding of how everyday experiences relate to pain.


Involvement is entirely via the Internet. Participants keep an online web-based diary for 3 weeks, recording a sampling of their experiences, the thoughts and feelings surrounding those experiences, as well as their level of pain and functioning.


Previous participants have told me involvement in this study was enjoyable and that the process of keeping a pain diary was extremely valuable in helping them gain insights into the kinds of variables that improved or worsened their pain and quality of life.

Participants who complete the study will also get a personalized report with graphs and charts depicting how pain and psychological factors have related to each other over the 3 weeks in his/her life, as well as an early report of the overall findings of the study as soon as it becomes available.


* At least 21 years of age.
* Currently suffering from chronic pain and have had it for at least 6 months.
* A typical wake-sleep cycle (awake during day and asleep at night).
* Fluency in English


Please visit our study website for more information:

I may be reached by email at


Terry Borsook, Ph.D. Student
Department of Psychology
100 St. George Street, 4th floor
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario  Canada M5S 3G3
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