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Date:4/24/2013

s are woven into a patient's daily life," Tauben said. "We need to address questions such as: How often do symptoms occur? How long do they last? What level of intensity do patients experience? What triggers pain? How well does the patient respond to treatment? And, how does the pain interfere with mood, stress, quality of life and activities of daily living?"

Researchers at UW Medicine's Division of Pain Medicine are creating innovative web-based assessment tools and mobile applications that can measure a person's activity throughout the day. These tools, when applied to pain management, will allow patients to use smartphones and PDAs to record information about their daily activities, including how much pain they experience hour-by-hour throughout the day, how physically active they are, and how they respond to different treatments. Data collected from these daily patient diaries can be used by providers to understand a person's pain experience on a daily basis, as well as his or her response to treatment over time. This technology will help educate and engage veterans in their own recovery by giving them feedback as they set personalized functional goals and track their progress over time. Tauben noted that the project is not only timely, but also forward-thinking.

"Rethinking our approach to pain management could not have come at a better time as the health care reform efforts focus our attention on creating innovative and technologically advanced approaches to more patient-centered, cost-effective care," Tauben said. "In addition, the epidemic of accidental deaths from opioids and the return of servicemen and servicewomen from war make this the ideal time for an investment in this ambitious, forward-thinking venture. Our goal is to develop innovative tools that along with our clinical care, education, and research programs can help to end pain as a cause of human suffering."


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Contact: Clare LaFond
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University of Washington - Health Sciences/UW News, Community Relations & Marketing
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