Understanding the experiences of patients with chronic pain on waitlists to develop an interactive clinical platform
Chronic pain (CP) is a prevalent, disabling, and costly disorder. The gold standard treatment for chronic pain is care from an interdisciplinary pain clinic (IPC) - a rare resource in Canada that is often associated with long wait times (up to five years). These long wait times increase the risk of physical and mental deterioration for the patient and so there need to develop tools to assist CP patients who are on an IPC waitlist. Research suggests that the use of web-based clinical platforms are helpful in health domains (e.g., migraine management). The aim of this research is to engage with CP patients to design a platform to help them manage their pain and avoid deterioration while on the waitlist.