Chronic pain is a prevalent and debilitating problem. Accurate and timely pain assessment is critical to pain management. In particular, pain needs to be consistently tracked over time in order to gauge the effectiveness of different treatments.
There are a growing number of apps designed to aid the self-tracking of pain. Studies to date have identified major limitations in the current field of pain apps, including a lack of formal evaluation and limited involvement of health care professionals and patients in their development. This study assesses the effectiveness of a specific tool, Pain-QuILT, a web-based tool for the visual self-report and tracking of pain, as compared to paper-based measures. The tool has been designed to help patients both track and communicate about their pain.
The study found that the online tool was easy to use and complete, and patients were positive about using a visual language to help express their pain.
The full study can be read here.