CPT 3.5.4 became available on the App Store a couple days ago. If you haven’t already downloaded the update, we encourage you to do so. In addition to the normal bug fixes, we’ve added some new reporting options that you should be aware of. Here’s the low down on the new features…
New Calendar Report Option
Our iPad users have already become familiar with the Calendar based display of historical pain levels within the History tab view. This type of a display shows a standard monthly calendar which is overlaid with a colorful gradient which indicates the pain levels recorded during that period. Low pain levels will show green, moderate pain an orangish color, which rolls to redder tones to indicate more severe pain levels.
For each day of the calendar, a unique gradient is shown which takes the various diary entries from that day and builds the colors and positions based on when your different pain levels occurred throughout the day. Displaying the calendar in this way allows you to look at the big picture view as you get a sense of the overall pain level experienced for the month, while also letting you look at individual days to see how you pain levels varied from one part of the day to another.
Now we’ve made that graphical view a standard reporting option which you can generate for any period of time you’d like to see. For periods that span more than one month, multiple monthly graphs will be created and combined into a single report. You can either view those reports on screen or you can generate PDF output of the graphs.
In addition to showing the pain levels, we’ve also included markers on this report to indicate Milestone points that can be referenced as well. This way you’ll be able to indicate when medication changes or surgical procedures created an impact on your pain levels.
Expanded Weather Analysis
We have expanded the reports included in the Summary Analysis for the Weather Tracker to now include a study showing “Pain Range vs UV Index” and “Pain Range vs Lunar Phase”.
The “Pain Range vs UV Index” shows how/if your pain levels are effected by the UV Index – intensity of the sunlight – in your area during the reporting period. The UV Index is included in most weather data feed locations including the United States and parts of Europe.
The “Pain Range vs Lunar Phase” will show the pain levels experienced during the reporting period according to the phase of the moon. Some people believe that the lunar phase can have an effect on overall health and well being, and, perhaps, chronic pain as well. The pain levels analysis subdivides the lunar cycle into 8 standard phases and aggregates and averages the pain intensity levels reported during those periods.
Medication Graph Addition – Daily Dosage vs Avg Daily Pain Level
This new graph for the Medication Taken tracker allows you to view a possible correlation between the amount of medication that is taken on a daily basis (eg. breakthrough pain meds) versus the average daily pain level for that day. As you might expect, the higher your pain levels on a given day, you will will probably see an increase in the amount of medication taken. This graph will show this relationship along with a trend line and correlation coefficient.
Although a correlation between these two statistics does not guarantee a causal relationship, it may still be a good indicator that you can use to review with your doctor.
Improved German Translations
We are also pleased to announce some significant improvements to the German translation of the app. One of our valued users contributed a significant amount of time towards helping us correct many of the terms and phrases used throughout the application so that it better fits conversational German. We will continue to make further enhancements to our translations where needed.