«Pain is defined by the International Pain Society (IASP) as “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.” An estimated 1 in 5 people globally experience some form of chronic pain. In the late stages of cancer, it is estimated that 2 out of 3 people experience moderate to severe pain, emphasizing the interest and importance of pain management. While standard subjective assessment tools, and pharmacology treatments linked to them, are a good toolkit for Pain management, major gaps remain in the care of patients. Barriers to managing pain include measurement tools, subjective assessment, non-standardized approaches, and psycho-social factors. These barriers impact pain management access and efficacy, ultimately hampering the treatment and management of one of the most pervasive health burdens. Digital health is an opportunity to address these challenges if implemented in a rigorous, systematic, and inclusive way.»

Article written by Beatriz Aznar Photo: Maxim Hopman