Understanding chronic pain in the ubiquitous community: the role of open data

Monaco, Federico, Bonacaro, Antonio, Georgiadis, Manos and Chatsiou, Kakia (2023) Understanding chronic pain in the ubiquitous community: the role of open data. Frontiers in Pain Research, 4. ISSN 2673-561X

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The combined use of social media, open data, and Artificial Intelligence has the potential to support practitioners and empower patients/citizens living with persistent pain, both as local and online communities. Given the wide availability of digital technology today, both practitioners and interested individuals can be connected with virtual communities and can support each other from the comfort of their homes. Digital means may represent new avenues for exploring the complexity of the pain experience. Online interactions of patients, data on effective treatments, and data collected by wearable devices may represent an incredible source of psychological, sociological, and physiological pain-related information. Digital means might provide several solutions that enhance inclusiveness and motivate patients to share personal experiences, limiting the sense of isolation in both rural and metropolitan areas. Building on the consensus of the usefulness of social media in enhancing the understanding of persistent pain and related subjective experiences via online communities and networks, we provide relevant scenarios where the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare delivery might be improved by the adoption of the digital technologies mentioned above and repeated subsequently. The aim of this perspective paper is to explore the potential of open data, social media, and Artificial Intelligence in improving the prevention and management of persistent pain by adopting innovative non-biomedical approaches.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pain, chronic pain
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Kakia Chatsiou
Date Deposited: 02 May 2023 08:27
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2023 08:53
URI: https://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3094

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