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Evaluating TENS on a new patient—the supervised trial 

Evaluating TENS on a new patient—the supervised trial
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Evaluating TENS on a new patient—the supervised trial
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10.1093/med/9780199673278.003.0006
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date: 01 April 2020

There are no robust predictors to identify whether a new patient will respond to TENS, or what might be the most appropriate electrode sites and electrical characteristics to use for their pain. Therefore, new patients need to be assessed for their suitability for TENS and to be shown how to use TENS so that they are able to self-administer it. The most efficient means of achieving these goals is to undertake a supervised trial of TENS for new patients. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a framework for undertaking a supervised TENS trial by looking at screening for suitability, trying TENS on the patient and troubleshooting issues, evaluating the patient’s initial response to TENS and their ability to self-administer TENS, setting treatment goals, instigating and evaluating an extended TENS trial, and strategies to try to improve treatment effect.

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