App for chronic pain patients to reduce GP visits

GP practices across Leeds have become the first in the UK to give patients with chronic pain an app to encourage self care that aims to reduce pressure on primary care.

Around 7,000 patients have been offered access to the digital tool, which provides information to help them manage their condition and allows them to give feedback to their GP.

GP patient records are automatically updated with information patients provide through the app so that GPs can use the data before, during and after consultations.

Patients can also use the tool - called PainSense - to plan their pain management strategy.

GP pain management

The manufacturers of the app claim that trials of the system and a new pain pathway over the past year appear to have reduced patients’ need for hospital care, and believe the tool will reduce GP visits.

Dr Jamie O'Shea a clinical lead at Leeds West CCG said: ‘The pain toolkit app has recently been introduced in Leeds to encourage supported self-management of persistent pain. I have introduced this app to several patients who have unanimously provided extremely positive feedback and I am very confident we will see improved outcomes for this cohort of individuals.’

The app is set to be rolled out across other parts of the UK over the next six months. Around 8m people across the UK suffer pain.

Photo: iStock

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

NHS app will not meet July rollout deadline, NHS England confirms

NHS app will not meet July rollout deadline, NHS England confirms

The NHS app will not be fully functional in every GP practice in England by the 'ambitious'...

MIMS Learning Live now bigger than ever

MIMS Learning Live now bigger than ever

It is now less than two weeks until MIMS Learning Live: South opens its doors to...

GMC sets out expectations for doctors' reflective practice

GMC sets out expectations for doctors' reflective practice

The GMC has joined forces with eight other healthcare regulators to highlight the...

Babylon GP at Hand opens doors to NHS patients in second major city

Babylon GP at Hand opens doors to NHS patients in second major city

Babylon GP at Hand has begun recruiting NHS patients in Birmingham, in a move that...

Setting up our PCN has been hard work, but I'm positive about the future

Setting up our PCN has been hard work, but I'm positive about the future

As primary care networks (PCNs) prepare to go live on 1 July, network clinical director...

GPs reduce work over pension taxes that cost '£2 for every £1 earned'

GPs reduce work over pension taxes that cost '£2 for every £1 earned'

Four in 10 primary care doctors have reduced their workload or considered doing so...