An interactive, online programme that teaches you effective strategies to manage your pain.
|painTRAINER||By Centre of Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne in collaboration with Duke University and Hackensack Meridian Health|
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painTRAINER is an interactive pain coping skills course for people with chronic pain. Caregivers may also find the programme useful in helping them support someone experiencing pain. The course helps users understand how pain works and learn pain coping skills to improve daily function and reduce pain.
It comprises 8 x 30–45 minute guided lessons on pain coping skills which are presented as interactive animated slideshows with audio overlays. It is recommended that users complete one session per week. The programme teaches a variety of pain coping skills which are divided into relaxation-related skills (progressive relaxation, mini-practices and pleasant imagery/distraction), activity-related skills (activity-rest cycles) and thought-related skills (unhelpful automatic thoughts vs coping thoughts, and problem solving).
✔ Developed by relevant health professionals in the US and Australia, with research backing up its utility for improving pain coping and function for osteoarthritis. However, it is probably useful for other pain conditions, too.
✘ Can’t link with a health professional for them to view your progress.
Date of review: March 2020
Platform reviewed: Web browser (accessed Jan–Feb 2020)
- Effects of internet-based pain coping skills training before home exercise for individuals with hip osteoarthritis (HOPE trial): a randomised controlled trial Pain 2018 Sep;159(9):1833-1842.
- Automated internet-based pain coping skills training to manage osteoarthritis pain: a randomized controlled trial Pain 2015 May;156(5):837-48.
- Effectiveness of an internet-delivered exercise and pain-coping skills training intervention for persons with chronic knee pain: a randomized trial Ann Intern Med. 2017 Apr 4;166(7):453-462.
- A qualitative study of patient and provider perspectives on using web-based pain coping skills training to treat persistent cancer pain Palliat Support Care 2018 Apr;16(2):155-169.
- "I could do it in my own time and when I really needed it": perceptions of online pain coping skills training for people with knee osteoarthritis Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 2019 Oct 18.
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