Communication and Palliative Care: E-Health Interventions and Pain Management

  • Gary KrepsEmail author


This chapter examines the powerful role that communication interventions can perform in supporting pain management as an important part of palliative care, with a focus on the strategic use of digital communication channels to deliver pain management support interventions. The experience of pain is mediated through personal meaning creation processes, which suggest that interventions that promote understanding and control of pain symbolization can help with pain management, especially for people who suffer from chronic and long-term problems with pain. These communication interventions are designed to help pain sufferers increase their understanding of the causes, patterns, and best courses for remediating their experiences of pain, as well as to mobilize support from others, including healthcare providers and informal caregivers, in helping prepare for and respond effectively to pain episodes. Digital communication tools, such as wearable tracking devices and messaging systems, can dramatically help pain sufferers access and share information related to pain, learn about their experiences with pain, and help them make evidence-based decisions about their best strategies for pain management. Examples of digital tools for pain management are provided in the chapter.


Pain management Symbolic interpretations of pain ehealth Palliative care Feedback systems Consumer–provider communication Mobile health applications Tracking devices Wearable devices Tailored information systems 


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  1. 1.Department of CommunicationGeorge Mason University (GMU)FairfaxUSA

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