As part of their growing suite of mobile apps, Griffith University has launched a unique app that helps headache sufferers record the severity and regularity of their pain.
The app, essentially a headache diary, forms part of the ENHANCE project, which is investigating the effectiveness of managing headaches using a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and a new approach called learning to cope with triggers (LCT).
The Griffith University research team, led by Professor Paul Martin of the Behavioural Basis of Health program, aims to help people with headache become desensitised to triggers such as food, noise and stress, or to build up a tolerance to them. Read more about the EASE approach for dealing with headache triggers on the Headache Australia website.
According to Professor Martin, the new app - developed in partnership with African Startup company Wexpert Technologies, - will help improve research outcomes by directly downloading the diary into data files, enabling the research team to know when he ratings of head pain are made, rather than relying on the self reports of the participants.
“This app will benefit the ENHANCE project but will also be a very useful tool for other headache researchers around the world,” said Professor Martin.
Griffith University has also launched another app, designed to help patients with chronic fatigue syndrome better manage their illness. Called CliniHelp, it is also suitable for patients with multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, allowing them to record symptoms, track them on a weekly basis, and monitor changes in their condition.
Do you suffer from headaches?
The ENHANCE project is currently seeking 120 participants between the ages of 18 and 75 years who regularly experience six or more headache days per month.
To participate or for further details, contact the ENHANCE team on (07) 5678 0727 or firstname.lastname@example.org