Modular Concept

The concept of pain data collection in CPT is designed around a “Diary Entry” as a container to hold your health information. We wanted the capture of those details to be modular so that as we add more and more kinds of information to track, as a user you’ll be able to select just those “Trackers” that make sense for you.

That means you could create a Diary Entry that includes Pain Intensity and Location in the morning, and then create an entry in the afternoon that includes Pain Intensity, Description, and Medication usage in the afternoon. This gives you total control over how you track your pain information.

Looking at the iPad screenshot displayed to the right, you can see how each Diary Entry contains a different collection of Tracker objects. You’ll find that this building block approach allows you to be much more efficient and precise in terms of the information you track and analyze.

Diary Entry - iPad

Available Tracker Modules in CPT

Chronic Pain Tracker currently includes 19 different “Tracker” types. Tap on any of the Trackers listed below to get an overview of what information is captured during the Diary Entry creation process and then how that information is used during the Analysis & Reporting phase.

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Using Tracker Entry Forms

Whether you are using an iPhone or an iPad, the creation of a diary entry works the same way. You create a new Diary Entry object to act as the container for your health details. Then you select which Tracker objects you want to include in the entry. Now you’ll be ready to input your current health conditions for each Tracker item. This can be as simple as selecting a location on a 1-10 scale or as detailed as using our innovative pain location painting tool to indicate where you hurt. Each Tracker module includes a custom designed input form for you to work with.

Tracker Personalization

And when you need a bit more personalization to your entries, most of our Trackers include several customization options. One such customization is the ability to define your own selection lists. An example of this would be the Pain Description tracker. We include a default list of common pain descriptions, but we also know that everyone experiences pain in a different way, so perhaps you want to customize the list with your own definitions. No problem! Just open the list editor and you can Add new entries or Remove existing entries that you may not need.

This list customization feature is available in a number of trackers including: Pain Description, Pain Triggers, Effective Treatments, Other Symptoms, Treatment Milestones, and Medication Usage. You can also customize certain tracker descriptive terms used in the interface. For example, the scales for Pain Onset and Pain Duration can be modified so if you’d rather describe your Pain Onset as “Instantly”, “Within 15 min”, “Within an hour”, … “Overnight” instead of our default values of “Very Fast”, “Fast”, “Moderate”, … “Very Slow”, you can do that too.

Tracker Automation

The Tracker objects also have options to automate the diary entry process for those folks that deal with pain that may be consistent from entry to entry. Each Tracker can be set independently to import the values from the last diary entry, so that you begin with the list of pain descriptions or the pain map from your previous entry. This can really be a time saver if your condition fits this workflow model.

How Trackers are Used in Reporting

We continue to use the same modular concept when it comes to reporting. The Diary History report allows you to essentially create a PDF or printed hard copy of the diary entries you’ve created. Each entry is listed with the details for each tracker module that was used for that entry. It makes it very easy to review those entries with your doctor and serves as a great long term backup of your diary information.

The Summary Report also breaks down into modular sections organized by Tracker object. Each Tracker includes a series of graphical summaries that aggregate and analyze your historical information and then presents it in a very easy to understand manner. Some trackers include 2 or 3 graphs, while others may include many more depending on the complexity of the information being tracked. If you don’t see a summary that you need, let us know and we’ll add it.

This modular treatment of your data provides an ideal organizational summary of your health for the reporting period and allows you to really zero in on key trends with your doctor. Have a look at our section on reporting to get more details on this type of report.

With both the Diary History and Summary Report variations, you can choose which Trackers will be included in the report. This let’s you decide which information you want to share with your doctors, while still letting you track as much information within the app as you want. So if you want to just pass your Pain Intensity, Descriptions, and Location summaries to your doctor, you can do it. This can really help you zero in on just those items that you want to discuss with your doctor.

Diary History Report (PDF)
Summary Report (PDF)