CPT Report Options

There are now four main types of reports: Diary History Reports, Summary Reports, Calendar Based Pain Reports, & Comparison Reports. Each of them utilize the chronic pain data from your database, but they go about it in very different manners.

Selecting either option enables you to then choose a date range to report on. We provide a number of predefined ranges such as “Last 7 Days”, “Last 30 Days”, “Last 90 Days”, etc. So, if you meet with your Pain Management doctor monthly, you might want to prepare for each visit by running the 30 Day report or perhaps a 60 Day report so you can compare this month to the previous.

We suggest speaking with your doctor to determine which range would be most appropriate for your situation. You can also define your own start and end date points using the Custom Date option.

Diary History Report

The Diary History Report enables you to create a hardcopy version of your Pain Diary. This report will include each Diary Entry within the date range and will include the details from each Tracker module included in the Diary Entry. You do have control over selecting which Tracker modules should or should not be included in the report, and options like “private comments” are honored during the report generation process.

Whether its at your doctor’s request or you just feel comfortable having a printed copy of your pain diary available, the Diary History Report will give you exactly what you need to review each diary entry in the history.

We have a sample of the Diary History Report output based on our demo database that can be downloaded here in the PDF format. Both HTML and PDF export options are available within the app.

Diary History Report

Summary Report

If you could choose to only show your doctor one of the reports in CPT, this would be it. The Summary Report goes way beyond creating a hardcopy of your Diary Entry data and takes pain diary reporting to a whole new level. Instead it aggregates all of that data and then presents a graphical summary of information for each Tracker type found within those entries. You just won’t find this level of analysis in any other pain diary app.

For example, just for the Pain Intensity Level Tracker alone, there are currently 6 graph types that each tell a different story about the intensity level history. The number and types of graphs will vary from Tracker to Tracker, but the focus of the report stays the same – to present the information in such a way that you and your doctor can better visualize your chronic pain history.

When you export this pain diary report using our new PDF option, you’re going to have a beautifully formatted summary for you and your doctor to review. Have a look at our sample report here. Imagine trying to communicate the same information using old fashioned paper based pain diary tools.

Want to take an even closer look at some of the data from the Summary Report? You can by using the CSV Export Option that we offer for this type of report. What this does is creates a separate CSV (Comma-Separated-Values) file for each graph shown in the report. Within each file you’ll have the exact data that was used to create the graphs. This probably isn’t something most folks are going to need to use, but we did want to mention it.

Calendar Pain Level Report

A scatterplot graph of your pain levels is nice, but sometimes you want a more familiar display of your pain history. That’s why we created the Calendar based pain history report. This plot focuses exclusively on your Pain Intensity Level diary data and plots it on a month by month calendar format.

For each day in the calendar, we take the diary entries you’ve created and create a color gradient showing the various pain levels you experienced throughout the day. The colors will range from green for no pain -> yellow for low pain -> orange for moderate pain -> and red for intense pain. And the color’s position in the gradient reflects when in the day those pain levels were felt. So a color on the left side of the day is early morning, with midday in the middle and evening to the right.

This type of a view gives you both the big picture of a long time period while still letting you dive into the pain changes experienced on a daily basis. We also include markers on the calendar that correspond to key Milestone entries in the diary history. Those milestones are also added in the report so that you can identify key points in your treatment history (eg. medication changes, surgical procedures, injuries, etc).

Like our other reports, the Calendar report can be viewed within the app or exported as a PDF or HTML file to be e-mailed to your doctors. A sample of the PDF output can be found here.

Comparison Report

Another powerful option is the Comparison Report. With this report you can compare two different time periods to see how your pain metrics have changed from one period to the next. This is ideal for answering the question, “So how do you feel now compared to before the surgery (or before your medication change, or before your therapy, etc)?”

Like the Summary Report, the Comparison Report generates an array of graphs for each Tracker used within the periods being examined. All of the aggregation and number crunching is done for you and presented in clear informative graph form. This report includes more than 50 unique views of your diary data – giving you and your doctor a clear picture of how your situation has changed from one period to the next.

Choose from automatically defined reporting periods just like our other reports. The report generator will automatically select the corresponding previous period as the comparison partner. For example, choosing a report for the Last 30 Days will generate a comparison of the previous 30 day period vs. the 30 day period preceding the first. Or, use the Custom Report option to define the exact date ranges for each period as desired.

Like our other reports, the Calendar report can be viewed within the app or exported as a PDF or HTML file to be e-mailed to your doctors. A sample of the PDF output can be found here.

Options for Sharing Your Reports

Within CPT you can review all of these graphs and reports right within the app. This is particularly nice if you’re running CPT on an iPad, so you and your doctor can be looking at the same large screen while discussing the findings.

That said, there is often a need to share the report with your doctor in a manner other than sharing your device’s screen. So in these situations, “Communicate” is more about how you share the reports with others. We’ve built in several mechanisms to make getting these reports into your doctor’s hands easier and more effective. These include the following:

Open Reports to Other Supported Apps

Apps on the iOS platform can enabled cross-app document sharing which gives you a way to take a file generated in one app and pass it over to another application that might do something else with it. In Chronic Pain Tracker, we’ve taken advantage of this capability to offer an option to hand off the HTML or PDF pain diary reports to any other app on your device that supports the document format.

When would you need to do this? Well, it’s up to you. For example, within Chronic Pain Tracker, we allow you to view the generated PDF report right on screen. You can zoom in, zoom out, change pages, etc. But perhaps you prefer to view PDFs in a dedicated viewing app like iBooks or GoodReader. Now you can just tap the “Open” button in our report viewer to instantly hand off your report to this other app.

Apple AirPrint Support

Print from your iOS device directly to an AirPrint enabled printer. So if you or your doctor has an AirPrint enabled device, you’re ready to go right to hard copy directly from your device. And with the PDF format, you know what you see on the screen is what you’re going to get on paper.

E-mail From Within CPT

Perhaps the most common method of exchanging documents is our next method for communicating with your doctor(s). Tap the E-Mail button while viewing any report and CPT will auto-generate an e-mail for you with the report attached. You can define a default address to use as the “TO:” address, so if you consistently send reports to your Pain Management doctor, just add his e-mail address as the default. As soon as you generate your next report you can have it sent to his e-mail box with a couple of clicks.

Dropbox Synchronization

If you’re not familiar with Dropbox, then you’re missing out on a great tool for synchronizing your documents between you PCs, Macs, and Mobile devices. Dropbox is a free service and once you’ve signed up, you can enable a Dropbox connection within Chronic Pain Tracker. Tapping the Dropbox key while viewing a report will immediately synchronize that file into a dedicated Chronic Pain Tracker reports folder across all your devices. It’s simple and it’s fast.

You can even provide a secure link to a Dropbox folder to someone (eg. your doctor) that will give them easy internet based access to the files in that folder, and only that folder. So rather than sending files over e-mail, just give your doctor a link to where he can download the reports that she needs.

Report Archive

The root menu for the Report tab has a third option which is the Report Cache. This table provides access to ll of the PDF, HTML, and CSV report exports that have been created. These files all exist in a Report Output folder within the app’s Documents directory. You can use iTunes File Sharing to access this folder from your Mac or PC if you would like.

Using the Report Cache view, you can open any of these recently created reports by just tapping on the file name. This will open the report in the same Report Viewer tool with all the same sharing options as discussed previously. The Report Cache makes it easy to jump between reports, say during a doctor’s visit, without having to regenerate the report contents each time.