Somatic Symptom clinical trials at University of California Health
1 research study open to eligible people
open to eligible people ages 15-60
Biofeedback is a therapeutic paradigm that teaches patients how to gain awareness and control over previously unrecognized sympathetic changes such as body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate. We propose to use a six session biofeedback protocol that includes heart-rate variability (HRV) biofeedback, respiration/relaxation training, and body temperature control to treat UCLA patients with chronic medical conditions (e.g. pulmonary, neurology) and somatic symptoms (pain, psychosomatic non-epileptic seizures, panic attacks, long-COVID symptoms). The aim of the study is to determine whether patients who complete a six-session biofeedback protocol report a decrease in somatic symptoms, and improvements in self-rated mental health (depression, anxiety, quality of life) after the program and at three-months follow-up. The investigators will also study whether these improvements are also related to reduced healthcare utilization.
Our lead scientists for Somatic Symptom research studies include Natacha D. Emerson.