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A Scientifically Developed Tool for Pain and Opioid Risk Assessment

PainCAS™ is a web-based clinical tool for assessing pain and opioid risk in chronic pain patients. PainCAS minimizes provider variability and the likelihood of miscommunication or deficits in care by facilitating a streamlined and consistent patient assessment process. By replacing traditional paper and pencil assessments, PainCAS improves workflow related to administering and documenting patient pain and opioid risk assessments.

PainCAS was developed through Small Business Innovation Research grants funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Input was gathered from health care providers, chronic pain patients, as well as a panel of consultants who are leaders in the pain management area. Currently, PainCAS is being used in pain specialty and primary care settings.

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Key features

Self-administered online assessments

PainCAS provides online patient self-administration of pain and opioid risk assessments, including the Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain (SOAPP®) and the Current Opioid Misuse Measure (COMM®)*. These assessments include comprehensive initial and follow-up questionnaires that capture the patient's pain condition, treatment history, and changes over time. Assessments can be completed online by the patient at his or her location, or in the clinic before the appointment.

Validated opioid risk assessments

PainCAS includes the SOAPP initially published in 2004 and the COMM initially developed in 2007 by Inflexxion researchers, Dr. Simon Budman, Dr. Stephen Butler and other key collaborators.

*The SOAPP and the COMM are validated tools that assess the likelihood of aberrant drug related behaviors.
At-a-glance provider reports

Provider reports present pertinent positives from the patient assessment in a visually intuitive manner, while giving a graphical overview of treatment progress. These reports include complete documentation of the assessment questions and patient answers. The provider reports offer recommendations for pain management education and resources that providers can use to inform treatment decisions.

Patient reports

Patient reports present assessment responses in an easy-to-read 'report card' format, keeping the patient informed and engaged in treatment. The patient report also directs patients to educational pain management content that will be immediately helpful to them based on their assessment answers.

What our customers are saying

PainCAS makes it easy to collect and utilize risk assessment data that is vital to clinicians who prescribe opiates. The data has spurred conversations on medication reduction strategies within my practice and has had a refreshing impact on my patients."

- Dr. Neal Frauwirth, Center for Pain Management, Cleveland, TN