Pain Research

Chatbots Delivering Psychotherapy Help Decrease Opioid Use After Surgery

Patients who need surgery to fix major bone fractures use fewer opioid pills after their procedure if they’re reminded of six “core principles” that include: values, acceptance, present moment awareness, self-as-context, committed action, and diffusion. Two reminders were sent daily as text messages to their phones for two weeks after their procedure from an automated “chatbot.” Full story.

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