Translating e-pain research into patient care

McGuire, B.E. et al. (2017) Pain. 158(2) pp. 190–193

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Recently, a call was made to expand the availability of pain self-management for the public, but several obstacles limit access to pain services such as distance, cost, and availability. Technology-based interventions can help with access to pain management, and consideration of these opportunities is timely given service pressures, changing consumer preferences, and the burgeoning ownership of personal computers and smartphones. In that context, we have described (1) the features of e-pain technologies, (2) the challenges in developing e-pain technologies, (3) the existing evidence in relation to technology-based pain management, (4) the debate regarding regulation of e-pain treatments, and (5) the likely steps for future development of these interventions.

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