A companion tool for chronic pain patients
Nowadays, chronic pain affects millions of French people who are not receiving optimal therapies. Patients need help in managing their pain. While medical innovation is struggling, e-health is opening up new opportunities.
By putting the patient at the heart of the process, the eDOL application, will allow improving the assessment of pain and its multiple repercussions, assisting the patient on a daily basis in managing his pain and thus better treating him, by making him an actor in his care and finally improving his quality of life by returning him to physical activity, social life or work.
Beyond this individual benefit, this innovative project, led by the ANALGESIA Institute, will also improve the care pathway by involving all health professionals and develop new research avenues around a better characterization of pain patient profiles.
The eDOL project is the flagship project of the ANALGESIA Institute since its creation in 2016.
The pilot phase of this program has been underway since the second half of 2017. It began with the development of the tool's specifications and the development of Version 1 of the application.
The first clinical study began in February 2019 in the 13 Chronic Pain Expert Centres, members of the ANALGESIA Institute's network. .
More than 100 volunteer patients are currently testing this program for 6 months. The first results will be communicated by the beginning of 2020.
Ultimately, millions of painful people could be helped by this e-health tool
on a daily basis and so see their quality of life improved.
Based on the results of the pilot study (end of 2019), we will improve the tool in a version 2, which will then be evaluated in a large impact study, measuring eDOL's therapeutic benefit. The objective is to get a reimbursement in 2022, in order to make eDOL accessible to as many people as possible, beyond the pain clinics alone..