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Home Based Massage and Relaxation for Sickle Cell Pain

Phase 2
15 Years
65 Years
Not Enrolling
Sickle Cell Disease

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Trial Information

Home Based Massage and Relaxation for Sickle Cell Pain

Inclusion Criteria

Inclusion criteria:

- Medically diagnosed with sickle cell disease, including hemoglobin SS disease,
hemoglobin SD disease, hemoglobin SC disease, or sickle-thalassemia

- Self-report of having experienced chronic pain related to sickle cell disease during
the past 30 days.

- Availability of a family member or friend who agrees to be trained to administer
massages if the participant is randomized to the massage arm of the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Sickle cell trait instead of sickle cell disease diagnosis.

- Diagnosis of disease in addition to sickle cell disease which requires regular use of
pain medication. (Please note, regular use of pain medication for sickle cell pain
is NOT an exclusion)

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Principal Investigator

Cynthia D. Myers, PhD, LMT

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

The Moffitt Cancer Center


United States: Federal Government

Study ID:

R21 AT001078-01A1



Start Date:

August 2003

Completion Date:

November 2006

Related Keywords:

  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Sickle Cell Pain
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Alternative Medicine/Therapy
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Massage Therapy
  • Relaxation Technique
  • Home-based Therapy
  • Anemia, Sickle Cell



Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital - Vascular Medicine Program Los Angeles, California  90007
Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute Tampa, Florida  33612