Methods for Diagnostic & Therapeutic Studies | Pain Management: Chronic Clinical
Demonstrating chronic pain patterns with chaos theory modelling
Alasdair Breck McKay*
*Corresponding author: Alasdair Breck McKay
Fifth Quadrant Research Group, Brisbane, Australia
F1000Posters 2012, 3: 677 (poster) [English]
Poster [4.64 MB]
31st Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society 2012, 16 - 19 May 2012, 202
Trying to understand the varying presentations of pain by different patients is very poorly served by mere Visual Analog Scale (VAS) 1-10, where the patient is often trying to ‘please’ the health carer. General pictorial examples are equally poor.
Using the simple formula proposed has enabled the patient to directly compare their pain record to a mathematical presentation. The extreme variability between patients is fully catered for this way.
To collect many more patients' similar pain diaries to further validate this modelling as useful and reliable.
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