What is the goal of this research project?
Chronic postoperative inguinal pain (CPIP) is the main concern after inguinal hernia repair. Most studies use paper and web based questionnaires to investigate this outcome of the so-called Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs). This way of collecting data has several disadvantages, which can be overcome by this innovative application. The Q1.6 application will be used as a means to prospectively collect data in a non-intrusive and non-stressful way. This may provide a more accurate and extensive real-time view of the development and course of CPIP after inguinal hernia surgery. This first research project is designed to test the feasibility of the application and generated data. Once the application is validated as a monitoring instrument, it can replace the paper questionnaires and improve the quality of pain monitoring after inguinal hernia surgery and improve medical research regarding CPIP.
In what way will apps like the Q1.6 app change the field of patient feedback?
Patient feedback is extremely important in investigating the effectiveness of medical interventions. E-health applications like the Q1.6 app give us the opportunity to generate real-time ‘big data’ as never before. This provides many new research opportunities. Besides, physicians can track their patients in real time and complications can be noted in time. The postoperative course of an individual patient can be compared to the postoperative course of the cohort and can be fed back to the patient or placed in a context. Also, costs can be reduced. For example, in case of an uncomplicated postoperative course, the standard postoperative control at the outpatient department can be cancelled.
What do patients think of the Q1.6 app so far?
During the pilot study, all participating patients were extremely enthusiastic about the Q1.6 app. They all used it for 2.5 months or more. They did not mark the Q1.6 app or the way of asking questions as annoying or stressful. The Q1.6 app was preferred above the paper questionnaires and in the future, the patients would like to be monitored more often using a smartphone application.