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Feel My Pain: Design and Evaluation of Painpad, a Tangible Device for Supporting Inpatient Self-Logging of Pain

Price, Blaine; Kelly, Ryan; Mehta, Vikram; Mccormick, Ciaran; Ahmed, Hanad and Pearce, Oliver (2018). Feel My Pain: Design and Evaluation of Painpad, a Tangible Device for Supporting Inpatient Self-Logging of Pain. In: CHI '18 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, New York, article no. 169.

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Monitoring patients' pain is a critical issue for clinical caregivers, particularly among staff responsible for providing analgesic relief. However, collecting regularly scheduled pain readings from patients can be difficult and time-consuming for clinicians. In this paper we present Painpad, a tangible device that was developed to allow patients to engage in self-logging of their pain. We report findings from two hospital-based field studies in which Painpad was deployed to a total of 78 inpatients recovering from ambulatory surgery. We find that Painpad results in improved frequency and compliance with pain logging, and that self-logged scores may be more faithful to patients' experienced pain than corresponding scores reported to nurses. We also show that older adults may prefer tangible interfaces over tablet-based alternatives for reporting their pain, and we contribute design lessons for pain logging devices intended for use in hospital settings.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Authors
ISBN: 1-4503-5620-6, 978-1-4503-5620-6
Keywords: health; mobile devices; pain diaries; pain logging
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Software Engineering and Design (SEAD)
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Item ID: 52825
Depositing User: Blaine Price
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2018 16:22
Last Modified: 04 May 2019 16:33
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