Improving Outcomes and Lowering Costs in Chronic Low Back Pain Care Study

Clinical Trial Title

Improving functional outcomes and lowering health care costs by enhanced integration of primary care providers and pain medicine physicians for chronic non-cancer pain patients.

Contact Information

Andrea Embrechts, RN, BSN
Sherry Robison, MBA

Clinical Trial Protocol Description:

Demonstrate that functional improvement measures over a one year period for chronic low back patients under the care of primary care providers (PCP), using a therapeutic plan formulated initially by the pain medicine specialist (PMS), are equivalent to those under the care of the PMS only.

Show that patients randomized to the PCP group will have fewer pharmacological interactions (e.g. anti-fungal medications with opioids) because the PCP can monitor and optimize the necessary ancillary treatment measures (including hormonal effects of opioids).

Patients will have higher satisfaction scores in the PCP group than in the PMS group due to their greater familiarity with the PCP, possibly more total encounter time with the PCP, and generally shorter and more convenient travel. 

Demonstrate that PCP treatment will reduce healthcare costs by minimizing the time patients spend with specialists (in this case, PMS) while allowing greater

Clinical Trial Eligibility Criteria:

In order to participate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a primary care physician.
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have non-structural non-specific chronic low back pain of a least 3 months duration.

This is a partial list of elgibility requirements. To inquire about your eligibility, please call the contact number provided. If you wish to inquire via email, please include the title of the study in your message.

Study Details

Clinical Trial Investigator

Buvanendran Asokumar, MD

Contact Information

Andrea Embrechts, RN, BSN or Sherry Robison, MBA

(312) 942-2741 or (312) 942-2985 or


Rush University Medical Center

1620 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL 60612

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