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It seems like every day a new online app or web-based tool is introduced to the world, and more applications for the modern tools are being found in the healthcare arena. Nurse researchers will be studying whether one such tool can actually help curb patients’ use of opioids for chronic pain and the shocking opioid addiction rates.

Marian Wilson, PhD, an assistant professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing, is joining a team of scientists who’ll lead a $2.5 million study that will investigate whether an online pain management program can help patients with chronic pain reduce or eliminate the amount of prescription opioids they take, according to a news release.

Wilson is a co-investigator on the EMPOWER study with lead investigator Theresa Winhusen, director of the Addiction Sciences Division in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The five-year study will involve 400 non-cancer patients who are being treated for chronic pain with long-term opioid therapy at University of Cincinnati Health and Duke Health.