When Chitra Lalloo presented her PhD research project to a pain support group, they liked what they saw.
“Because they have chronic pain, they have a lot of experience in the health care system and a frustration of being referred to different practitioners,” Lalloo said. “They would always have to fill out the same long questionnaire at every clinic they went to.”
Lalloo, along with her supervisor, professor emeritus James Henry, have developed the latest version of a web-based tool for patients of chronic pain to track how they feel. A series of icons can be dragged onto the image of a body to represent different pain sensations – a match stick for burning pain, a knife for stabbing pain. Once the patient drags the icon, a scale of 1 – 10 pops up on their screen to track intensity.