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Human Studies

2022 Mar 02

JMIR Form Res



eDOL mHealth App and Web Platform for Self-monitoring and Medical Follow-up of Patients With Chronic Pain: Observational Feasibility Study.


Kerckhove N, Delage N, Cambier S, Cantagrel N, Serra E, Marcaillou F, Maindet C, Picard P, Martiné G, Deleens R, Trouvin A-P, Fourel L, Espagne-Dubreuilh G, Douay L, Foulon S, Dufraisse B, Gov C, Viel E, Jedryka F, Pouplin S, et al.
JMIR Form Res. 2022 Mar 02; 6(3):e30052.
PMID: 35234654.


Chronic pain affects approximately 30% of the general population, severely degrades quality of life (especially in older adults) and professional life (inability or reduction in the ability to work and loss of employment), and leads to billions in additional health care costs. Moreover, available painkillers are old, with limited efficacy and can cause significant adverse effects. Thus, there is a need for innovation in the management of chronic pain. Better characterization of patients could help to identify the predictors of successful treatments, and thus, guide physicians in the initial choice of treatment and in the follow-up of their patients. Nevertheless, current assessments of patients with chronic pain provide only fragmentary data on painful daily experiences. Real-life monitoring of subjective and objective markers of chronic pain using mobile health (mHealth) programs can address this issue.