A student at the University of Greenwich has developed an app for iPhone and Android phones, in addition to a web application on the internet, to help assess the level of pain being experienced by someone unable to communicate.
The app which uses the Abbey pain scale, takes the user through a series of questions, for which the user selects the most appropriate answer from a set of answers displayed on the device screen. The flow of the questions varies according to the answer to questions provided at each stage. As the application completes each question, a pain profile is being built in the background. If the user is unsure how to answer a question then additional guidance is provided at each stage. At the end of the assessment the application provides feedback to the user on the steps they should take next.
This is a link to the online version of the app: http://cms1.gre.ac.uk/gwizards/pain-app/