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Sara Balderas-Díaz, M Pilar Martínez, Gabriel Guerrero-Contreras, Elena Miró, Kawtar Benghazi, Ana I Sánchez, José Luis Garrido, Germán Prados
INTRODUCTION: Although sleep alterations can be an important factor contributing to the clinical state of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, there are no studies to adequately assess sleep quality in this type of disease. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work is to analyse the sleep quality of Systemic Lupus Erythematous (SLE) patients based on more objective information provided by actigraphy and mobile systems. The idea is to carry out a comprehensive study by analysing how environmental conditions and factors can affect sleep quality...
January 24, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
Robert N Jamison, Dylan C Jurcik, Robert R Edwards, Chuan-Chin Huang, Edgar L Ross
OBJECTIVES: The overall aim of this study was to determine the effect of introducing a smartphone pain app, for both Android and iPhone devices that enables chronic pain patients to assess, monitor, and communicate their status to their providers. METHODS: This study recruited 105 chronic pain patients to use a smartphone pain app and half of the subjects (N=52) had 2-way messaging available through the app. All subjects completed baseline measures and were asked to record their progress every day for 3 months, with the opportunity to continue for 6 months...
November 24, 2016: Clinical Journal of Pain
Tamara J Somers, Sarah A Kelleher, Kelly W Westbrook, Gretchen G Kimmick, Rebecca A Shelby, Amy P Abernethy, Francis J Keefe
Psychosocial pain management interventions are efficacious for cancer pain but are underutilized. Recent advances in mobile health (mHealth) technologies provide new opportunities to decrease barriers to access psychosocial pain management interventions. The objective of this study was to gain information about the accessibility and efficacy of mobile pain coping skills training (mPCST) intervention delivered to cancer patients with pain compared to traditional in-person pain coping skills training intervention...
2016: Pain Research and Treatment
Amy D Nguyen, Melissa T Baysari, Diluk R W Kannangara, Amina Tariq, Annie Y S Lau, Johanna I Westbrook, Richard O Day
BACKGROUND: Gout is an arthritic condition that is characterised by extremely painful, debilitating acute attacks and eventual joint and organ damage if not controlled. Despite the availability of very effective therapies that, if adhered to, will prevent acute attacks and long-term damage, the disorder is increasingly prevalent. There is an urgent need to improve self-management of gout. OBJECTIVES: Mobile health (mHealth) applications ('apps'), designed to facilitate management of chronic conditions, present novel opportunities for supporting patient self-management of gout...
October 2016: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Donald Jones, Nebojsa Skrepnik, Richard M Toselli, Bruno Leroy
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. One relatively new strategy that could be helpful in the management of OA is the use of mHealth technologies, as they can be used to increase physical activity and promote exercise, which are key components of knee OA management. OBJECTIVE: Currently, no published data on the use of a mHealth approach to comprehensively monitor physical activity in patients with OA are available, and similarly, no data on whether mHealth technologies can impact outcomes are available...
August 9, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
Mei R Fu, Deborah Axelrod, Amber A Guth, Kavita Rampertaap, Nardin El-Shammaa, Karen Hiotis, Joan Scagliola, Gary Yu, Yao Wang
BACKGROUND: Many women suffer from daily distressing symptoms related to lymphedema following breast cancer treatment. Lymphedema, an abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid in the ipsilateral body area or upper limb, remains an ongoing major health problem affecting more than 40% of 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Patient-centered care related to lymphedema symptom management is often inadequately addressed in clinical research and practice. mHealth plays a significant role in improving self-care, patient-clinician communication, and access to health information...
July 2016: MHealth
Kathleen L Frisbee
BACKGROUND: Mobile health (mHealth) technologies exhibit promise for offering patients and their caregivers point-of-need tools for health self-management. This research study involved the dissemination of iPads containing a suite of mHealth apps to family caregivers of veterans who receive care from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Administration and have serious physical or mental injuries. OBJECTIVE: The goal of the study was to identify factors and characteristics of veterans and their family caregivers that predict the use of mHealth apps...
2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Jennifer R Banas, David Victorson, Sandra Gutierrez, Evelyn Cordero, Judy Guitleman, Niina Haas
Cancer and its treatment can significantly impact health-related quality of life (HRQOL) (J Pain Symptom Manag 9 (3):186-192, 1994; Soc Sci Med 46:1569-1584, 1998), particularly for Hispanics (Healthcare Financ Rev 29 (4):23-40, 2008; Psycho-Oncology 21 (2):115-124, 2012). Moreover, providers of cancer support for this population may encounter unique challenges. Grounded in social capital theory, this study identified Spanish-speaking, Hispanic breast cancer survivor support needs and preferences for a mHealth intervention...
July 1, 2016: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
Ioannis Pliakos, Antonios Kefaliakos, Marianna Diomidous
Chronic Pain (CP) is a condition which is difficult to assess. Existing methods are based on self-management treatments and leaving the big part of the assessment on the patient. According on this method, mHealth applications offer tools to CP patients to self-manage their condition and improve it. All the applications are limited by the type of data they collect and the data based on self-reporting. In the future the applications for CP management will not be based only on this type of data. Multiple types of data will be gathered and analyzed, as well as the specialists will be able to have a better prospective for the patients' pain levels...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Grzegorz Bulaj, Margaret M Ahern, Alexis Kuhn, Zachary S Judkins, Randy C Bowen, Yizhe Chen
Merging pharmaceutical and digital (mobile health, mHealth) ingredients to create new therapies for chronic diseases offers unique opportunities for natural products such as omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA), curcumin, resveratrol, theanine, or α-lipoic acid. These compounds, when combined with pharmaceutical drugs, show improved efficacy and safety in preclinical and clinical studies of epilepsy, neuropathic pain, osteoarthritis, depression, schizophrenia, diabetes and cancer. Their additional clinical benefits include reducing levels of TNFα and other inflammatory cytokines...
2016: Current Clinical Pharmacology
Welmoed K Van Deen, Andrea E van der Meulen-de Jong, Nimisha K Parekh, Ellen Kane, Aria Zand, Courtney A DiNicola, Laurin Hall, Elizabeth K Inserra, Jennifer M Choi, Christina Y Ha, Eric Esrailian, Martijn G H van Oijen, Daniel W Hommes
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Mobile health technologies are advancing rapidly as smartphone use increases. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) might be managed remotely through smartphone applications, but no tools are yet available. We tested the ability of an IBD monitoring tool, which can be used with mobile technologies, to assess disease activity in patients with Crohn's disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC). METHODS: We performed a prospective observational study to develop and validate a mobile health index for CD and UC, which monitors IBD disease activity using patient-reported outcomes...
December 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Maria Jaensson, Karuna Dahlberg, Mats Eriksson, Åke Grönlund, Ulrica Nilsson
BACKGROUND: In Sweden, day surgery is performed in almost 2 million patients per year. Patient satisfaction is closely related to potential adverse events during the recovery process. A way to empower patients and give them the opportunity to affect care delivery is to let them evaluate their recovery process. The most common evaluation method is a follow-up telephone call by a nurse one or two days after surgery. In recent years, mHealth apps have been used to evaluate the nurse-patient relationship for self-management in chronic diseases or to evaluate pain after surgery...
September 11, 2015: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Tamara J Somers, Amy P Abernethy, Sara N Edmond, Sarah A Kelleher, Anava A Wren, Greg P Samsa, Francis J Keefe
CONTEXT: Pain coping skills training (PCST) interventions have shown efficacy for reducing pain and providing other benefits in patients with cancer. However, their reach is often limited because of a variety of barriers (e.g., travel, physical burden, cost, time). OBJECTIVES: This study examined the feasibility and acceptability of a brief PCST intervention delivered to patients in their homes using mobile health (mHealth) technology. Pre-to-post intervention changes in pain, physical functioning, physical symptoms, psychological distress, self-efficacy for pain management, and pain catastrophizing also were examined...
October 2015: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Charles R Jonassaint, Nirmish Shah, Jude Jonassaint, Laura De Castro
Patients with sickle cell disease frequently experience severe pain events that lead to unplanned healthcare utilization. Mobile health tools (mHealth) may help prevent these events by providing remote monitoring and self-management support. This article describes the feasibility of the Sickle cell disease Mobile Application to Record symptoms via Technology (SMART), an mHealth app developed to help sickle cell disease patients monitor and manage their day-to-day symptoms. Fifteen patients recorded their pain intensity using a paper visual analog scale (VAS) and then repeated this measurement using an electronic VAS pain measure on SMART...
2015: Hemoglobin
Grzegorz Bulaj
Mobile medical applications (mHealth), music, and video games are being developed and tested for their ability to improve pharmacotherapy outcomes and medication adherence. Pleiotropic mechanism of music and gamification engages an intrinsic motivation and the brain reward system, supporting therapies in patients with neurological disorders, including neuropathic pain, depression, anxiety, or neurodegenerative disorders. Based on accumulating results from clinical trials, an innovative combination treatment of epilepsy seizures, comorbidities, and the medication non-adherence can be designed, consisting of antiepileptic drugs and disease self-management software delivering clinically beneficial music...
2014: Frontiers in Neurology
Lindsay A Jibb, Bonnie J Stevens, Paul C Nathan, Emily Seto, Joseph A Cafazzo, Jennifer N Stinson
BACKGROUND: Pain that occurs both within and outside of the hospital setting is a common and distressing problem for adolescents with cancer. The use of smartphone technology may facilitate rapid, in-the-moment pain support for this population. To ensure the best possible pain management advice is given, evidence-based and expert-vetted care algorithms and system design features, which are designed using user-centered methods, are required. OBJECTIVE: To develop the decision algorithm and system requirements that will inform the pain management advice provided by a real-time smartphone-based pain management app for adolescents with cancer...
2014: JMIR Research Protocols
Samantha J Parker, Sonal Jessel, Joshua E Richardson, M Cary Reid
BACKGROUND: Mobile health (mHealth) is a rapidly emerging field with the potential to assist older adults in the management of chronic pain (CP) through enhanced communication with providers, monitoring treatment-related side effects and pain levels, and increased access to pain care resources. Little is currently known, however, about older adults' attitudes and perceptions of mHealth or perceived barriers and facilitators to using mHealth tools to improve pain management. METHODS: We conducted six focus groups comprised of 41 diverse older adults (≥60 years of age) with CP...
2013: BMC Geriatrics
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