Changeful

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Changeful

Resource Type: App

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The Transformative Power of Storytelling
Changeful is a mobile, video-based, behavior change-oriented platform designed to help alleviate the high medical costs incurred by family caregivers and professional care workers.

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Changeful provides payers, managed care and professionals caregiving organizations with participant insights and robust, anonymized data in a customizable dashboard.

Changeful engages caregivers with storytelling videos dealing with the problems they face every day. Tailored videos provide specific, actionable information. Alerts, live coaching, and an in-app social connection platform keep them motivated and involved.

Medical content is informed by the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

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Tunza

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Tunza

Resource Type: App

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Tunza is a software platform making it easy for friends to help caregivers in meaningful ways during moments of crisis. From meals and transportation to emotional support.

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Tunza streamlines the process associated with organizing a network of supporters and managing everyday tasks. Friends can make task-based microdonation purchases from our network of service providers and online merchants.

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http://tunza.net/

Engaging Family Caregivers as Partners in Care Transitions

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Engaging Family Caregivers as Partners in Care Transitions

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A United Hospital Fund Special Report by Carol Levine and others. The goal: to take on the challenge of examining how chronically ill patients are transitioned
from one care setting to the next, and how that transition could be improved by systematically involving family caregivers and arming them with better information, training, and support. Specific strategies to achieve that goal were:
• Inclusion of the family caregiver in medication reconciliation;
• Identification of post-discharge patient needs and discussion of patient discharge options with the
family caregiver;
• Discharge preparedness (training, expectations of the day of discharge);
• A well-orchestrated day of discharge;
• Closing the loop, including post-discharge communication with the family caregiver and the
receiving agency

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A book published in 2013. Pretty good

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https://uhfnyc.org/publications/880905

Curable Health Pain Management app

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Curable Health Pain Management app

Resource Type: Tool

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All three of Curable’s co-founders experienced chronic pain first-hand. The education and tools that we have packaged into the Curable program follow the same evidence-based strategies we used to recover from our own pain, including: degenerative disc disease, migraine, sciatica, RSI, knee pain, and more.

Thanks to modern neuroscience research and mindbody tools for chronic pain, we have our lives back. We believe that every pain sufferer deserves access to these tools, and are passionate about providing that.

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It costs, but it’s worth it

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https://www.curablehealth.com/

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

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Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Resource Type: Website

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The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) is a six week workshop for those living with chronic pain. Over the course of the sessions, participants will learn about:

*Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep
*Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
*Appropriate use of medications
*Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals
*Nutrition
*Pacing activity and rest
*How to evaluate new treatments

Examples of chronic pain conditions are: chronic musculo-skeletal pain (such as neck, shoulder, back pain, etc.), fibromyalgia, whiplash injuries, chronic regional pain syndromes, repetitive strain injury, chronic pelvic pain, post-surgical pain that lasts beyond 6 months, neuropathic pain (often caused by trauma), or neuralgias (such as post-herpetic pain, and trigeminal neuralgia), and post-stroke or central pain. The CPSMP may also benefit those who have conditions such as persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, or those who experience severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

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Comprehensive, practical, vetted

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http://www.eblcprograms.org/evidence-based/recommended-programs/chronic-pain-self-management