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There are few applications available in the community to help teenagers manage pain after surgery. The focus of this study is to better understand the pain experience of children after having surgery and to design a Smartphone app called "iCanCope with Post-Operative Pain" (iCanCope PostOp), to help children and parents to better manage pain at home after surgery. The app will help keep track of pain, provide information about the teenager's surgery and provides "in-the-moment" advice wherever and whenever the patient needs it.


Pain, Chronic, Pain, Chronic Post-Surgical

Recruitment Status


Detailed Description

More than 80,000 Canadian children undergo surgery each year. Despite evidence-based pain management and clinical standards, moderate to severe postoperative pain in children is common. Inadequate postoperative pain management contributes to poor health outcomes, increased opioid use, and the development of chronic postsurgical pain. Successful postoperative pain management requires regular monitoring and treatment of pain after hospital discharge. Smartphones are nearly ubiquitous, and growing evidence supports their use to overcome barriers to pain care. Computerized clinical decision support systems (CDSS) can improve pain self-management by tracking symptoms over time and offering tailored evidence-informed pain management advice based on standardized algorithms. A comprehensive and sustainable approach is needed to address poorly managed pediatric postoperative pain in the home setting. To address these gaps in care, we are developing "iCanCope with Post-Operative Pain" (or iCanCope PostOp), a smartphone-based CDSS app that provides remote, in-the-moment advice to improve pain and health-related quality of life (HRQL) for adolescents following surgery.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

aged 12 to 18 years;
own a smartphone compatible with the iCanCope app (iOS or Android);
diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis or pectus carinatum or pectus excavatum;
are able to speak and read English; and
scheduled to undergo scoliosis or minimally invasive pectus repair surgery.

Exclusion Criteria:

significant cognitive impairment or other co-existing medical condition that could limit the ability to use the iCanCope app, as identified by their health care provider;
participated in a previous study of iCanCope PostOp;
a diagnosed chronic pain condition not related to the surgical condition; or


Intervention Type

Intervention Name


iCanCope Post Op Application


Not Applicable



Min Age

12 Years

Max Age

18 Years

Download Date

June 1, 2023

Principal Investigator

Sub-Investigator: Joe Kossowsky, PhD, MMSc.

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Primary Contact Information

Justin Chimoff

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For more information and to contact the study team:

iCanCope With Post-Operative Pain (iCanCope PostOp) NCT05382962 Justin Chimoff