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Health Informatics J. 2019 Sep;25(3):683-700. doi: 10.1177/1460458217720392. Epub 2017 Jul 27.

Users' perceptions on digital visualization of neuropathic cancer-related pain.

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Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim University Hospital, Norway.
University of Edinburgh, UK.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; The Alexandra Institute, Denmark.
NTNU Social Research, Norway.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; Haukeland University Hospital, Norway; University of Bergen, Norway.


Quality pain management implies a thorough pain assessment with structured communication between patients and healthcare providers. Pain distribution is an important dimension of cancer pain. Assessment of pain distribution is commonly performed on a pain body map. This study explores how a computerized pain body map may function as a communication tool and visualize pain in patients with advanced cancer. In previous studies, we have developed a tablet-based computerized pain body map for use in cancer patients. The aim of this study was to adapt the computerized pain body map program to patients with neuropathic cancer-related pain, and to develop a separate interface for healthcare providers. We also wanted to investigate the perceived usefulness of this system among patients and healthcare providers. Both patients and healthcare providers perceived that the visualization of pain in the computerized pain body map system had potential to be a positive contribution to clinical pain management, and to improve collaboration between healthcare providers.


cancer pain; computerized pain body map; pain assessment; technology acceptance; visual aid

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