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Christin Rini, Ph.D., director of Cancer Prevention and Control at the John Theurer Cancer Center, led a study where women with knee or hip osteoarthritis followed an online training program that taught pain-coping skills. The study showed that an online program, which provided automated instructions in a woman’s voice was designed to respond to the user’s feedback, can be effective. “We approximated the experience of talking with a caring, well-trained and responsive therapist who was invested in helping them learn skills they could use to reduce their pain.”

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