Cornell Roybal Center Aging ePainCare Consensus

TRIPLL has formed The Cornell International ePainCare Collaboration, an international collaborative made up of a wide range researchers interested and/or working in the areas of mobile health, technology, pain and/or aging. The mission of this collaboration is to expand existing, and facilitate new programs of basic and applied research, by evaluating the role of electronic and mobile technologies in the management of later life pain (ePainCare).

TRIPLL hosted an international conference on April 7th, 2017, in New York City, with broad multidisciplinary stakeholder representation – behavioral/social scientists, health care practitioners, older adults (65 years and older) living with pain, professionals working in policy-related roles, and technology stakeholders – to review existing knowledge gaps and establish a research agenda. This conference was supported by the National Institute On Aging of the National Institutes of Health (R13AG053044).

A consensus conference model, developed by members of the investigative/collaborative team, was used. This model has been used successfully to generate research agendas on a variety of topics, including fall prevention, elder mistreatment, and environmental sustainability and health. This method was recently used to bring together practitioners, researchers and policy experts to generate a palliative care research agenda. The corresponding results have been recently published in the American Journal of Public Health. This approach is particularly appealing, because of its focus on systematically engaging relevant stakeholder groups in a consensus process that leads to useful and actionable research recommendations.

A peer-reviewed publication summarizing the knowledge gaps and corresponding research agenda established by conference attendees will be disseminated. TRIPLL will also develop and maintain an online network to support collaboration among individuals and groups interested in conducting research in this area.

For any questions regarding the conference and/or to be added to our online network, please contact the Jacquie Howard at jah3011@med.cornell.edu or at (212) 746-1801. We will follow-up with you as soon as possible.