The Journal of Advanced Nursing has published the clinical trial protocol of the PainReApp study carried out by the Observatory of Pain. This is a long-term randomized controlled trial that investigates the impact of a mHealth system in patients with chronic pain of different origins.
The mHealth system that the observatory’s team is betting on is a physical exercise program monitored through a mobile application for people with chronic pain that pretends (PRETENDE) to improve the quality of life of these patients.
Checking the effectiveness of the system and evaluating the advantages of its implementation compared to the usual means based on the intensity of pain, quality of life, levels of anxiety and/or depression and the quality of sleep of these patients is the main objective of this study.
To do this, it is intended to measure the impact that the use of the PainReApp app has on adherence to the program by creating two groups: a control group, which has all the information about the intervention in paper format, and an experimental group which counts with the app for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the program.
To carry out this study, the Observatory of Pain works with the collaboration of the Chronic Pain and Rehabilitation Unit of the Puerta del Mar University Hospital, in charge of the selection of the participants.
In total, the sample amounts to 300 people with three different chronic conditions: low back pain, fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathic pain which are also divided into the two groups previously mentioned. The intervention has a total duration of 6 months with a follow-up at 4, 12 and 24 weeks in addition to the informative session that is carried out at the beginning of it.
At the observatory, we are very happy with the publication of this protocol as it lays the foundations for one of the most ambitious projects that we are currently carrying out and from which we hope to draw decisive and hopeful conclusions to continue improving the quality of life of patients with chronic pain.