The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a telecare intervention for chronic pain.

Kurt Kroenke, MD, of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and colleagues found that telecare collaborative management increased the proportion of primary care patients with improved chronic musculoskeletal pain. This was accomplished by optimizing nonopioid analgesic medications using a stepped care algorithm and monitoring. 

After 12 months, the intervention group had a 1.02-point lower BPI score compared with the usual care group. In the intervention group, 51.7% reported at least a 30% improvement in their pain score, compared with just 27.1% of the usual care group.

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