The Toggle Function for Pain assessment
Seeing the detail in how pain changes just became way easier. The pain assessment chart function in Navigate Pain separates information into layers. This innovative approach allows clinicians to view the details within a pain chart together or separately. The result is a cohesive and accuracte pain picture. What’s is this pain assessment function? It’s the Navigate Pain toggle function.
The pain assessment chart functions in Navigate Pain enable deeper insight and better communication. Each layer of information captured on a pain chart reflects a pain descriptor. These pain descriptors and the associated pain level can be toggled on or off. Most importantly, the information layers provide an (indirect) measure of pain. Pain measures include the total area and pain level of the pain assessment descriptors. Thie measures are expressed in pixels and total percent of the body chart. Views of the body chart include the front, back, left and right sides.
View the details of a pain assessment
As an example, the sensation of numbness may be co-located with other pain descriptors. This may be particularly common for patients with radiating shoulder or low back pain. To complicate matters, the total area of numbness or stabbing sensations can be mild, moderate or severe. Navigate Pain allows patients to indicate all of their sensations and how they are co-located onto one pain chart.
If all information about the sensations is included in one pain chart then critical details could be masked. With Navigate Pain these details are made readily visible. The toggle function in Navigate Pain creates a transparent re-display of a patient’s pain symptoms. As a result, a clinician can view and understand the patient’s pain chart as whole or in layers. The area of pain for each pain descriptor and level can be separately toggled. In the end the pain assessment can be captured and easily viewed.
Acquire measures from a pain assessment
There are a few more unique benefits to Navigate Pain’s toggle function. One benefit is the ability to quantify each of these sensations separately. Quantification of pain is always an indirect measure yet with the right mindset indirect measures can give a clinician an edge. To start, a smarter starting point during a first consult, facilitation of clinical reasoning and visual triggers to prompt the right questions. From a patients perspective there is more engagement and any progress can be used for encouragement (e.g. keep exercising). On a more practical note the indirect measures of pain serve as documents about a patient’s progress or treatment strategy.