Keeping a diary provides control and aids in treatment.
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If you suffer from pain you know the impact it can have on your life, and your loved ones, when it's not under control.
Keeping a diary provides you with this control. ReliefInsite is designed specifically for this purpose.
ReliefInsite enables you to receive better and faster treatment for your pain by helping you track and report key aspects of it to your doctor and others involved in your care.
- Pain affects each of us differently.
- Research shows that tracking pain is one of the best things you can do to treat it.
- When it comes to pain management the rule is: better communication = better diagnosis and treatment.
The Facts (and realities as we see them)
- Doctors are pressed for time.
- Pain is often hard to describe and track symptomatically. This can make it hard to diagnose and treat.
- A regular visit to the doctor – without advance preparation – is often not enough to get to the core of what's causing pain or to determine if there are better treatment options.
- Medical research shows that self-reporting plays a critical role in pain assessment and is essential to providing better and faster treatment.
How it works
- The ReliefInsite diary is easy-to-use and provides a step-by-step approach.
- As shown in the illustration, entries are automatically organized into reports that can be printed and given to your doctor or securely shared online.
- ReliefInsite creates a history of your condition presented in charts and graphs that are easy to understand.
- All diary records are controlled by you and can be accessed at any time from our secure website.
Read what users say about ReliefInsite, click here.
Our mission is to help people with pain receive better and faster treatment so they can live better and more productive lives.
Our way of achieving this is to give patients a superior way of communicating with their doctors, nurses and other caregivers. We help patients – working with their healthcare providers – to find the best way forward.
ReliefInsite service modules. [Back to top]
||Body Map. Pain location and intensity. (You can track 3 different pain levels.)
||Characteristics. Describe your pain. (For female users a menses tracking tool is included.)
||Symptoms. How you feel, including any effects of medication.
||Lifestyle. How your condition is impacting work, activities, lifestyle, etc.
||Medications & Treatment. Record compliance and your satisfaction level.
||Notes. Available throughout the diary to record, in free text, any comments.
||Reminders. Up to 3 per day. Set to the hour e-mail reminders.
||Reports+ Provider Ready Report (PRR) and customizable reports. View, print or save on your computer.
Do you suffer from pain (or know somebody who does)? [Back to top]
It is not normal to live and not experience pain. Whether physical or emotional, pain is a natural part of living. It is the body's alarm system that tells us to get help.
Yes, if you want to have your pain properly treated you have responsibilities too. It is not as simple as showing up at your doctor's office. Not anymore. You need to be prepared if you want to get the best results possible.
What the experts say about effective pain management. [Back to top]
Deal with your pain early and be pro-active in reporting it.
About acute and chronic pain [Back to top]
If you recently had an accident and/or underwent surgery it is possible you are experiencing acute pain. Presumably you will recover fully if you follow your doctor's orders. But what if your pain continues?
Make the most of your limited time with your doctor. [Back to top]
Your time with your doctor is usually very limited. If you want to make the most of it, and get optimal treatment for your pain, you need to be prepared.
Definition: A pain diary is an individual's record of their pain and related information, such as pain characteristics, symptoms, medications and treatment, and lifestyle.
Paper vs. Electronic Diaries [Back to top]
The limitations of paper diaries
There are many paper pain diaries in use today. Unfortunately, they have limitations:
Why JCAHO and APS are promoting pain management. [Back to top]
Both organizations have found that, if not properly treated, pain can cause unnecessary harm that can have a long-term and costly impact on both the patient and the healthcare system. With pain costing Americans over $100 billion each year the concerns of JCAHO and APS are well founded.
We recommend the following two reports.
Pain: Current Understanding of Assessment, Management and Treatments
developed by NPC as part of a collaborative project with JCAHO
Improving the Quality of Pain Management Through Measurement and Action
developed by JCAHO as part of a collaborative project with NPC
For a detailed clinical look at Pain Management we recommend Pain Management: Hot Topics by Edgar Ross, M.D.
This book can be found at: Amazon.com.
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