UBC and Vancouver Hospital seeking participants for COMFORT study
Do you experience pain with attempted sexual intercourse? Clinician-Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Hospital are conducting a treatment study for women with Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD; sometimes called Vestibulitis).
The study is entitled:
Cognitive behaviour therapy Or Mindfulness For Treatment of Provoked Vestibulodynia (the COMFORT study)
The Purpose of the Study:
- Pain with attempted intercourse/penetrative sex affects approximately 15% of women.
- We have developed a mindfulness-based group therapy for women with PVD. Both this therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) have been found effective for helping women with PVD.
- In this study, we will be comparing group CBT with group mindfulness therapy to determine which treatment is superior.
What Does the Study Involve?
- You will participate in eight, weekly, 2 ¼ hour group sessions, which will be held at Vancouver Hospital. Clinicians with considerable expertise in working with genital pain will lead these treatment sessions. Each group session will have 6-9 women. You will receive 1 or 2 genital examinations and fill out 1 or 2 questionnaire packages before the first group session. You will also complete another genital examination and series of questionnaires 4 weeks after the treatment groups are completed, as well as 6 and 12 months later.
- Before participating in the groups, you will need to be referred to the BC Centre for Sexual Medicine, for a brief assessment with one of the clinicians.
- An honorarium is provided for each genital examination/questionnaire package that is completed as part of this study.
Who Can Participate in this Study?
- Women who have a diagnosis of Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD)
- Women who are proficient in English, and are 19 years of age or older
- Women who can confirm that they are willing to take part in all the group sessions, as well as complete all the questionnaire packages and physical examinations
- Women must have a family physician
Who Do I Contact to Sign Up For this Study?
Study Co-ordinator: Adrienne Marsh (Adrienne.firstname.lastname@example.org), 604-822-0795
Principal Investigator: Dr. L. Brotto
Co-Investigators: Dr. R. Basson, Dr. S Bergeron, Dr. A Grabovac, Dr. L. Sadownik, and Dr. K Smith