The first ever consolidated review of global pain assessment methods and pain management tools used in UK care homes confirms the central place for digital technology in enabling accurate pain assessment and treatment.
The pioneering report: Modern Pain Assessment in Aged Care: Challenges, Guidelines and Practices, was published this week and is available free to UK care providers and care professionals.
It consolidates details of a unique study carried out by medtech company PainChek®, the world’s first intelligent pain assessment tool to use artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse facial micro-expressions indicative of pain, to provide comprehensive advice and guidance on pain assessment and management, unique analysis of the common challenges for care providers and the strengths and weaknesses of pain assessment methods.
The report explores and explains how technology can be used to support gold standard pain management, as well as offering guidance on how and when pain assessments should be conducted.
Pete Shergill, PainChek® UK&I Country Director, said: “This report is essential reading for the care and social care sectors. Digital systems are poised to supersede traditional paper-based systems across the social care environment, and pain management should be no exception, empowering carers with the tools and training needed to accurately assess pain and provide appropriate pain assessment and treatment to every individual, regardless of their age of ability to verbalise pain.”
PainChek®’s unique technology was first developed – and since validated** – as a reliable instrument that enables care workers to identify and manage pain in people living with dementia or cognitive impairments.
**Babicova, I., Cross, A., Forman, D. et al. Evaluation of the Psychometric Properties of PainChek® in UK Aged Care Residents with advanced dementia. BMC Geriatr 21, 337 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-021-02280-0