mHealth: Cancer Pain Management
Cancer pain is a widespread side effect of cancer which, when left untreated, leads to pain crisis and expensive hospital utilization. Complex oral chemotherapy regimens and related side effects can also be overwhelming for patients and their care providers, and difficult to manage.
Partners HealthCare Connected Health is implementing two clinical research programs in cancer pain management, which are funded by a grant from the McKesson Foundation’s Mobilizing for Health initiative.
- A novel mobile application developed at Partners Connected Health, ePAL is designed to empower patients in palliative care to better self-manage cancer pain. The app coaches patients on how to effectively address barriers to pain management, thereby improving pain control and reducing hospital utilization.
- We have also developed a separate mobile app to support cancer patients through oral chemotherapy regimens, including managing and tracking symptoms, reviewing and accessing their treatment plans, and connecting with other patients and caregivers for social support.
See: Agboola S, Kamdar M, Flanagan C, Searl M, Traeger L, Kvedar J, Jethwani K.
Pain management in cancer patients using a mobile app: study design of a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2014 Dec 12;3(4):e76. doi: 10.2196/resprot.3957. PubMed PMID: 25500281.