Chronic Back Pain
Research Study
Join a compensated research study run by Penn State University investigating individuals that suffer from back pain and also live with their significant other.
Research Conducted Remotely
Experiencing Back Pain for More Than 3 months
In A Long-Term Relationship
Are 65 Years and Older
Fast Facts
About this research study:
Help researchers better understand daily chronic back pain and how patients' and spouses' health and well-being change over time.

The natural aging process can start with a person feeling aches and pains and eventually lead to various, more serious problems for an individual's body. The spine is one of the most complex joint systems and back pain is one of the main disabling health conditions among adults 65 years and older. For many older adults, their spouse/partner serves as a great support system in dealing with such conditions.

Researchers are partnering with individuals that fit
this criteria in the hopes that they can enhance
their scientific understanding of daily chronic
back pain and how patients' and spouses' health
and well-being changes over time with a goal
of developing new treatments.
Additional Information
Why is this study being done?
Study findings may enhance scientific understanding of daily chronic back pain and how patients’ and spouses’ health and well-being changes over time.
Is this study for me?
You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • You are 65 years of age or older
  • You have experienced back pain for at least 3 months
  • You would describe your back pain as moderate or severe
  • You are married or in a long-term relationship and living with your spouse or partner
  • You do not work more than 20 hours a week outside the home
What will happen if I participate in the study?
If you meet eligibility criteria for this study and choose to participate, you will conduct the following visits:

Video interviews:
  • You and your spouse or partner will be interviewed by video every 6 months for 2 years. A tablet computer will be mailed to you so you can participate in the video interviews.
Daily surveys:
  • Each of you will be asked to complete daily surveys twice a day for 30 days using the tablet computer that will be provided to you for the 30 days.
  • The daily surveys will take about 5 to 10 minutes.
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
Each of you would receive $295 for completing all aspects of the study (up to $590 in total compensation).
Will it cost me anything to participate in this study?
There is no cost for you to participate in the study.