Title

Design of a handheld electronic pain, treatment and activity diary

PubMed ID

20937483

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Date

10-2010

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Activities of Daily Living; *Computers, Handheld; Data Collection; *Electronic Health Records; *Health Records, Personal; Humans; Medical Informatics; *Pain Management; *Pain Measurement; User-Computer Interface

Disciplines

Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Preventative Medicine | Primary Care

Abstract

Effective tools for recording and analyzing data on patients' pain experience, use of pain treatments, and physical function are needed to improve communication between providers and patients with noncancer chronic pain. A handheld electronic diary (HED) that can be used throughout the day may provide more useful and accurate information about pain, treatments, and function than available paper and on-line diaries that are designed to be used once daily, weekly or less often. Based on user-specified requirements we designed and built a prototype HED with 7 modules. Diary queries are followed by multiple choice responses customized to the patients' expected responses. Usability testing confirmed user comprehension and acceptability of the queries, response sets, and interface.

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Citation: J Biomed Inform. 2010 Oct;43(5 Suppl):S32-6. Link to article on publisher's site

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