Mobile Application-Based Interventions for Chronic Pain Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Effectiveness.

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Creators: Pfeifer, Ann-Christin and Uddin, Riaz and Schröder-Pfeifer, Paul and Holl, Felix and Swoboda, Walter and Schiltenwolf, Marcus
Title: Mobile Application-Based Interventions for Chronic Pain Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Effectiveness.
Item Type: Article
Projects: DigiHealth
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Date: 5 November 2020
Divisions: Gesundheitsmanagement
Abstract: Chronic pain is one of the major causes of disability in the general population. Even though there are effective treatment options available for reducing symptoms, these treatments often do not have consistent lasting effects. As the usage of mobile devices has increased enormously during the last few years, mobile application-based treatment options are widespread. Such app-based programs are not yet empirically proven but might enable patients to become more independent in their pain management in order to prevent relapse. The aim of this meta-analysis was to summarize the literature on mobile application-based interventions for chronic pain patients. Therefore, three electronic bibliographic databases, PubMed, PsycINFO, and Web of Science, were searched for studies that investigated the effectiveness of mobile application-based intervention for chronic pain on pain intensity. The final sample comprised twenty-two studies, with a total of 4679 individuals. Twelve of these twenty-two studies used a randomized control trial (RCT) design, while ten studies only used an observational design. For all twenty-two studies, a small but significant effect ( = -0.40) was found when compared to baseline measures or control groups. The results suggest that apps-based treatment can be helpful in reducing pain, especially in the long-term.
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Pfeifer, Ann-Christin and Uddin, Riaz and Schröder-Pfeifer, Paul and Holl, Felix and Swoboda, Walter and Schiltenwolf, Marcus (2020) Mobile Application-Based Interventions for Chronic Pain Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Effectiveness. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9 (11). ISSN 2077-0383

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