2013 Pilot Study 4

Self Support Pain Apps Project

Investigator: Jaime Guillory, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Tobacca Control Research and Education, University of California, San Francisco

The field of mobile health application usage is evolving and expanding rapidly. Much of the work focuses on the role of mobile devices to assist clinicians in the care of patients with chronic disorders, including chronic pain. Exploring the levels, duration and types of movements individuals engage in on a daily basis could provide rich data to include outcomes of therapeutic interventions (e.g., is a patient more active after starting a given analgesic medication), as well as provide important longitudinal information that may allow clinicians to better understand the relationships between pain and activity at the individual patient level. This study will generate preliminary data using a new mobile phone application to provide positive affirmations and reminders to help older adults self manage their pain. To calculate data generated from the mobile app, we will use a smartphone application called “PAM.”