App to help GPs help patients in pain

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The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE) have jointly developed a free app and website for GPs to help better manage patients in pain at or near the end of their lives.

The GP Pain Help App is available for iOS and Android smartphones and devices on the iTunes and Google Play stores, and also through ACRRM's Rural and Remote Medical Education Online (RRMEO) platform.

The app includes a treatment decision tree, a section on types of pain and various analgesics, breakthrough pain information, a dose conversion tool, patient FAQs, pain management and palliative care resources and a troubleshooting section.

The content has been developed by CPCRE, part of Queensland Health, with the app and website developed by the college.

It is available free of charge as a service to general practitioners and other health professionals with patients experiencing pain, especially at the end of life.

ACRRM members can access the website via RRMEO and there are links to the iTunes and Google Play stores to download it to iPhones, iPads or Android smartphones or tablets.

It is also available at www.gppainhelp.com.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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