One in four Canadians experience chronic pain, defined as pain that persists beyond 3-months in duration.

Chronic pain has a significant impact on well-being.  Individuals who live with chronic pain often report reduced activity, social withdrawal, irritability, low motivation, and low mood.

Approximately half of adults who experience chronic pain report depressed mood.  While effective therapies have been developed, many individuals who could benefit from psychological therapies have difficulty accessing them due to long wait times and lack of available healthcare providers.

Description of Research Initiative:

The INternet ThERapy for dEpreSsion Trial (INTEREST) is a research initiative, funded in part by the Memorial University of Newfoundland, that aims to provide individuals with chronic pain and depression access to therapies that can be delivered effectively over the internet.  Therapies include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

What Does Treatment Involve?

Individuals who are eligible to participate will:

  1. Consent to undergoing the screening process to confirm diagnosis of depression.
  2. Complete an online questionnaire (approximately 45-60 minutes)
  3. Complete 7-weekly online therapy modules.
  4. Participate in weekly coaching sessions with a personal health coach.
  5. Complete a second online questionnaire

Who can Participate?

Adults living in Atlantic Canada who experience chronic pain and suspected depression can be referred (physician or self-referral) to our team to see if they are eligible to participate.  There is no cost to participate and those who do will receive a small monetary compensation as a token of our appreciation for their participation.  Please send inquiries and referrals through our “contact us” link and we will respond as soon as we can.

Please access this link to view the complete protocol for this trial.