Pain Coping Skills Training for African Americans with Osteoarthritis

Project: Research project


Osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of disability. African Americans experience a disproportionate burden of OA, including greater prevalence and more severe symptoms and functional limitations than Caucasians. Emerging data indicate that pain Coping Skills Training (CST) is a highly promising intervention strategy for reducing racial disparities in OA symptom severity. However, there are important gaps in this research, including incorporation of stakeholder perspectives (e.g. cultural appropriateness, strategies for implementation into clinical practice, sustainability) and testing the effectiveness of CST among African Americans with OA in real-world clinical settings.
This project will first engage stakeholders (e.g. African American patients, caregivers / support partners, health care providers, clinic administrators, and public health representatives) in a process of evaluating and refining a pain CST program for effective, culturally appropriate, clinically practical dissemination among African Americans with OA. Second, we will conduct a randomized clinical trial of the pain CST program.
Effective start/end date9/1/158/31/18


  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)


Psychological Adaptation
African Americans
Administrative Personnel
Health Personnel
Randomized Controlled Trials
Public Health