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New information and communication technologies for pain 

New information and communication technologies for pain
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New information and communication technologies for pain
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Jennifer Stinson

and Lindsay Jibb

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199642656.003.0055
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date: 23 May 2019

The rapid growth in the amount and availability of information and communication technology (ICT) in the last decade means that several new tools have become available to monitor and manage chronic pain. These tools include the Internet (and associated social support networks), mobile phones, and telemedicine and they are being used to enable self-management by people suffering from persistent pain. The benefits of ICT-based pain therapies are many and include improved treatment accessibility and satisfaction, as well as potential decreases in therapy cost. ICT therapies for people in pain represent exciting treatment possibilities. Future, rigorous research into the design and effectiveness of these therapies will shed more light on how ICT might improve the quality of life for people with chronic pain.

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