for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at Irvine, California
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Sean D Young



Chronic pain, including spinal pain and osteoarthritis, is the leading cause of years lived with disability world-wide and the costliest health condition in the U.S. today. Compounding these concerns, opioid analgesics remain the primary pharmacological treatment for chronic pain. An estimated 21-29% of chronic pain patients receiving long-term opioid therapy develop opioid misuse, and opioid misuse portends addiction and overdose. Clearly, chronic pain patients need better, non-addictive treatment options designed to reverse the downward spiral of chronic pain.


Group Assignments

Participants will be randomized into one of three groups.

  1. Jazz Group 1: Participants in this group will watch an introduction to jazz appreciation video prior to the 4-week intervention.
  2. Jazz Group 2 (Mindful Jazz) Group: Participants in this group will watch a video on mindful listening to jazz.
  3. Music Waitlist Group: Participants in this group will serve as a control and will not receive any intervention until the study is completed. They will complete a baseline survey and a follow-up survey at four weeks. Some videos will be sent to this group after the study is completed, without tracking their usage.


All groups will complete a baseline and 4-week follow-up survey.

Participants in Jazz Group 1 and Jazz Group 2 will engage in daily listening 4-week intervention.They will have access to electronic audio recordings, with the order of listening labeled for each day. It is up to them if they want to listen to the daily recordings.


Chronic Pain, MIndfulness Listening to Jazz, Listening to Jazz, MIndfullness and Jazz


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  1. Are 18+
  2. Live in the US
  3. Are an English-proficient adult with a chronic pain diagnosis (no restrictions placed on type)
  4. Have a pain rating of four or greater in average pain on a 0-10 numeric rating scale in the preceding week
  5. Have had pain for at least 3 months and for at least 15 days in the preceding 30 days
  6. Have moderate to severe anxiety based on GAD-7

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Are currently using or have used prescription opioids in the past 3 months to minimize a known treatment confound and increase sample homogeneity
  2. Have a current cancer diagnosis


  • University of California Irvine
    Irvine California 92868 United States

Lead Scientist at UC Irvine

  • Sean D Young
    Professor, Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine. Authored (or co-authored) 164 research publications


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University of California, Irvine
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