A Persuasive mHealth Application for Improving Patient Psychosocial Supports for Opioid Prescription Adherence and Tapering

Opioid overdoses now account for 18,364 (17.2% of all) hospitalizations in Ontario and related mortality has increased by 242% since 1991. These have been associated with a 23% increase in high-dose prescribing and increased consumption of opioids over the past two decades. Although patients identify opioid use reduction as an important outcome of their pain management, only a small portion discontinue use of their high-dose prescriptions. Resolving the barriers to successful dose reduction can play an important role in decreasing the chronic disease burden associated with prescription opioids

Capstone Summary:

The overall objective of this projectis to explore the early feasibility and acceptability of an mhealth-based behavioural intervention technology in opioid prescribed, chronic pain patients in Ontario who are interested in mHealth support. This will inform the iterative developmentand testingof MIToc, a Proof-of-Concept mHealth application.

Capstone Team: 

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Capstone Supervisor:

Prof. Joseph Ferenbok, PhD

Translational Research Program Temerty Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto
Revolutionary Translator Director

Capstone Advisory Committee:

Peter Selby,

Clinician Scientist, Addictions Division and Chief of Medicine

Jonathan Rose, PhD

Department of Political Studies | Queen's University
Associate Professor

Dr. Andrea Furlan, MD PhD

Division of Physiatry, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) Institute for Work & Health Institute of Medical Sciences, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Associate Professor Scientist

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 - Nabilah Juma, Cohort 2017