What are the impacts of chronic pain?
Over 14 million people in the UK live with chronic pain¹
People suffering from chronic pain are more at risk of depression or anxiety¹
It is estimated that back pain alone costs the NHS £12.3 billion a year¹
Chronic pain (also known as long-term or persistent pain) is pain that persists for over three months, and may not respond to standard medical treatment making it difficult to manage. Chronic pain can impact the lives of those suffering so much that they struggle with day to day activities and the ability to work.
At Health Call, we have partnered with PainSense, part of ADI Health, to develop a digital health care pathway for those suffering from chronic pain. This digitally enabled service allows patients to self-manage their pain using two key pain management apps: The Pain Toolkit and the Pain Management Plan. Our engaging, and intuitive apps provide patients with guidance, knowledge and skills to help them to become empowered and manage persistent pain in a way that allows them to live more independently.
Importantly, using this highly effective e-learning approach, clinicians are able to guide their patients suffering with chronic pain towards self-management. Inhealthcare’s digital health platform allows the information that the patient inputs into the app, to flow into their patient record. This includes data from e-learning activities where the patient can record how they are feeling each day. Their healthcare professional can then monitor this data, and use it to identify any concerns early and make better informed decisions around their care. To find out more about the service, watch the PainSense silent video.
Our engaging, and intuitive apps provide patients with guidance, knowledge and skills to help them to become empowered and manage persistent pain in a way that allows them to live more independently.
Reducing the need for regular routine appointments reduces pressures on healthcare professionals and enables resources to be distributed more effectively. This essentially means that capacity is increased, and more patients can be treated at scale, without compromising the quality of care.
With the support of a healthcare professional and the reassurance that their health is being closely monitored, patients are able to learn skills to self-manage their pain and also understand the ‘pain cycle’ and how to reverse it. Patients often see improvements in their sleep cycle, are able to become more active and utilise motivational management techniques to reach weekly and long term goals around managing their pain.
Reducing routine appointment reduces unnecessary costs to the NHS and also removed the financial burden of this on the patients too. Patients become empowered to self-manage their pain without the associated costs of regular visits to their GP including travel expenses, parking and time taken from work.
Healthcare professionals have access to a continuum of data recorded by their patients around their successes and setbacks with pain management. Analysing this data can help to identify cause and effect.
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