A Multidisciplinary, Multimodal Bundled Care Approach to Chronic Pelvic Pain

February 2, 2023

In 2021, Jocelyn Fitzgerald, MD, Nicole Donnellan, MD, Grace Lim, MD, MS, and Susan George, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, WCS were awarded a $50,000 research grant from the Virginia Kaufman Pain Research Challenge.

The Virginia Kaufman Pain Research Challenge is a funding program to advance ideas and solutions addressing problems in the area of pain. The Pain Research Challenge is sponsored by the Virginia Kaufman Endowment Fund and administered by the Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh.

The team’s project, “A Multidisciplinary, Multimodal Bundled Care Approach to Chronic Pelvic Pain,” evaluates intervention outcomes for women with chronic pelvic pain receiving bundled care in a multidisciplinary pain clinic. Dr. Fitzgerald leads the team as the project’s Principal Investigator. The study officially began December 1, 2022, and the estimated primary completion date is December 1, 2023.

Specifically, the goal of this clinical trial is to compare two different treatment patterns in patients with chronic bladder pain. The main questions the investigators are seeking to answer is if bladder pain improves before and after treatment using a painful bladder scale. The participant will have five visits to evaluate a patient’s symptoms with questionnaires, at least one procedural visit, and must participate in physical therapy and some kind of behavioral health therapy. This study will assess participant response to a bundled-care approach to chronic bladder pain both pre-and post-intervention, as well as compared to a group of participants receiving typical care.

Learn more about Dr. Fitzgerald and team’s research study.