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pexels-photo-128597Statistics show that approximately one in ten people experiences chronic pains that interfere with their emotional well-being, everyday activities, and overall quality of life substantially. Unfortunately, these findings are not unique to any particular region, chronic pain is common the world over, and this is why trying to develop an online pain management program is important.

According to studies, learning and using a number of core skills to manage the effects of chronic pain on your day-to-day activities and emotional wellbeing is important and helpful. If you suffer from chronic pain, you will most likely benefit from having well-researched and informative data about the pain. Unfortunately, information and skills regarding the management of chronic pain have only been available through specialized face-to-face programs while self-help websites and books are seldom evaluated. As a result, very few people suffering from chronic pain have access to pain management programs, which is why the Pain Course was designed and developed.

The Pain Course

Fortunately, an 8-week pain management program known as the Pain Course is currently available over the internet. The course consists of five core lessons, do-it-yourself homework tasks, additional resources, real-world examples, and case stories from previous participants. This program covers everything included in the face-to-face pain management programs offered by specialists.

This program aims to provide easy accessibility from the convenience of your home for free. Its very first trial proved quite encouraging, especially since participants reported significant improvements regarding their pain, disability, depression, and anxiety levels. Over 90 percent of the participants found the course not only worth their while but also recommendable.

Recent findings

Another trial of the program involving more than 470 participants was recently completed. The study’s aim was to find out the level of clinician support, such as telephone and email contact, required for people to work through this program successfully. After a phone interview and some discussion, participants were randomly chosen to receive the Pain Course within a control group, with the option of contact, without clinical contact, or with regular clinician contact.

Surprisingly, the study did not find any marked or consistent difference resulting from the level of contact received. The findings meant that having and not having clinical contact or support through the course made no difference. The participants reported average improvements of not less than:

  • 12 percent in pain levels as opposed to five percent in control
  • 18 percent in everyday disability levels as opposed to three percent in control
  • 32 percent in anxiety levels as opposed to no improvement in control
  • 36 percent in depression levels as opposed to a negative percentage in control

The participants also reported further improved if not the same outcomes three months after the course. Although long-term follow-ups are currently underway, the indication is that these improvements last for a total of two years in the least.

These findings show that carefully-developed and administered pain management programs delivered online have a great potential for people with chronic pain. For instance, the program continues to obtain excellent clinical results and participants are able to work through the course independently with relative ease, which is not to mean there is no room for improvement.

The program can potentially be made available to more people without much cost. At the moment, you need a reliable internet connection service such as that provided by BCsatellite to access this program and use it effectively. In overall, the course is convenient, especially for those who reside in rural or remote areas and those unable to access face-to-face pain management programs for reasons such as cost, time, mobility issues, stigma or long waiting times. This program might, therefore, increase access to pain management for those previously unable to participate in effective programs.

As promising as online pain management programs are, they are not a solution for everything. As such, proper medical assessment and administration is necessary. Additionally, some participants require tailored or more intensive assistance than what is possible via the internet.

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