Interactions between analgesic drug therapy and mindfulness-based interventions for chronic pain in adults: protocol for a systematic scoping review
Most current chronic pain treatment strategies have limitations in effectiveness and tolerability, and accumulating evidence points to the added benefits of rational combinations of different therapies. However, most published clinical trials of treatment combinations have involved combinations of 2 drugs, whereas very little research has been performed to characterize interactions between drug and nondrug interventions. Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) have been emerging as a safe and potentially effective treatment option in the management of chronic pain, but it is unclear how MBIs can and should be integrated with various other pain treatment interventions. Thus, we seek to review available clinical trials of MBIs for chronic pain to evaluate available evidence on the interactions between MBIs and various pharmacological treatments.