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Technology-mediated therapy for chronic pain management: the challenges of adapting behavior change interventions for delivery with pervasive communication technology.

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Rosser , BA, McCullagh, P, Davies, R, Mountain , GA, McCracken , L and Eccleston, C (2011) Technology-mediated therapy for chronic pain management: the challenges of adapting behavior change interventions for delivery with pervasive communication technology. Telemedicine and E-Health. , 17 (3). pp. 211-216. [Journal article]

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URL: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/tmj.2010.0136

DOI: PMID: 21375412

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:Adapting therapeutic practice from traditional face-to-face exchange to remote technology-based delivery presents challenges for the therapist, patient, and technical writer. This article documents the process of therapy adaptation and the resultant specification for the SMART2 project-a technology-based self-management system for assisting long-term health conditions, including chronic pain.MATERIALS AND METHODS:Focus group discussions with healthcare professionals and patients were conducted to inform selection of therapeutic objectives and appropriate technology.RESULTS:Pertinent challenges are identified, relating to (1) reduction and definition of therapeutic objectives, and (2) how to approach adaptation of therapy to a form suited to technology delivery. The requirement of the system to provide dynamic and intelligent responses to patient experience and behavior is also emphasized.CONCLUSION:Solutions to these challenges are described in the context of the SMART2 technology-based intervention. More explicit discussion and documentation of therapy adaptation to technology-based delivery within the literature is encouraged.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
ID Code:20844
Deposited By:Dr Paul McCullagh
Deposited On:30 Jan 2012 15:05
Last Modified:30 Jan 2012 15:05

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