Discrepancies in the interpretation of pain can be detrimental in providing a proper course of treatment or even in determining the proper diagnosis. Therefore, being able to communicate information on pain between patients and providers is essential to any illness. iPain Communicator is an iOS research application designed to help bridge the gap between patients and healthcare providers. The application has a built in secure survey for patients and health professionals. These surveys allow us to compare pain interpretations between healthcare providers and patients.
The application has other added benefits. Patients may continue using the application to track changes in their blood pressure, heart rate, level of pain, and range of motion. The application can then be used to graph the entered values to provide a visual of how the patient's symptoms have changed over time. In addition, the application also allows you to keep a medication list on your mobile device. The application is designed to be a tool that will help further facilitate communication within healthcare field.
This project is being conducted by a group of medical students at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME. We originally conducted a similar survey at the local pain clinic. The initial results showed us that their were discrepancies between how patients come up with their pain scale values and how healthcare providers have interpreted these scales in the past.
We were hoping to see if our findings held true using a larger population. In order to do this we decided to build an iOS application for Apple products. We built our application using ResearchKit and CareKit coding. We then had Vanderbilt's REDCap team build us a bridge that would allow us to securely transfer our data to our university's REDCap server. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us.
Our survey and application does not collect any information that would identify you. In addition, the only information transferred securely to our database are the entries from the surveys. We do not look at any of the information from the pill diary or symptom calendar.
The information collected from the survey are year of birth, city and state and the condition you are suffering from. If there is a question you would like not to answer you can skip the question. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
The application is available through Apple's App Store. Simply search, iPain Communicator. The application is FREE to everyone. However, it is only available within the United States.
Once the application has been downloaded you will be instructed to create a four digit password to keep your information safe. You'll also be shown the consent form for the research portion of the application. Once you have agree to the consent you will be granted access to the survey.
The only way to properly determine if pain is adequately being gauged is to heart from both patients and their physicians.
Therefore, the application has surveys for patients and for healthcare providers.
Check out the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME.