ICPCN’s Pain Assessment App
ICPCN’s Pain Assessment App for Children and Young People
Pain is “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage” (IASP 2020). It is one of the major reasons children present to healthcare facilities.
Good pain assessment is the cornerstone for good pain management. A systematic, routine pain assessment using validated measures is considered to be the foundation of effective pain management and control for patients of all ages, condition or setting.
Research undertaken by the ICPCN indicated that there is an under assessment of pain in children and we wanted to find a way to change this.
There are several pain scales available for measuring pain, including charts that use faces to indicate the level of pain and numerical measurement scales. However, those who care for children may not always have easy access to such a chart. In addition, ICPCN’s Pain Assessment App will keep an easily accessible record of the child’s responses over time.
With ICPCN’s Pain Assessment App, three different pain scales are immediately available on your phone.
ICPCN’s Pain Assessment App can be downloaded on both android and Apple devices.
ICPCN’s Pain Assessment App can be downloaded on both android and apple devices.
The scale provides the option of a faces, numeric or hand pain scale to use with children from between 3 years of age upwards and records the child’s responses to allow monitoring of the type and level of pain the child is experiencing. The app has the following features:
- It is universally relevant to children of all races and cultures.
- It provides an intuitive, child friendly and interactive pain scale.
- It tracks and measures the child’s pain type and levels over an extended period of time.
You can hear from Huyaam Samuels on the usefulness of this tool here. She says “I definitely recommend this app to anyone suffering from chronic pain. It has become my best friend when I go to my doctor.”
Donate towards the future development of the app
While the app is provided free of charge, ICPCN is keen to make the app available in many different languages and would be grateful for any donation which could be put towards these developments.