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Title: On-site electronic behavioural/observational assessment tool for discomfort and pain
Authors: Schiepers, Pieter ×
Bonroy, Bert
Leysens, Greet
Miljkovic, Dragana
Vanrumste, Bart
De Maesschalck, Lieven
Quanten, Stijn
Berckmans, Daniel #
Issue Date: Jul-2010
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishers
Series Title: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine vol:99 issue:1 pages:34-42
Abstract: Over the recent years pen-paper observational assessment scales have proven to be
useful to monitor behaviour and responses of humans and animals. Observational assessment
tools are typically applied for subjects who are not able to communicate directly. For example pain
assessment on young children or lameness assessment for evaluating horses.
For on-site observational assessment however it is hard to record and validate timing patterns of
observed events using pen-paper scales. Although timing information is in many cases assumed
highly valuable, only (videotaped) laboratory scales are able to benefit from this knowledge.
In this paper we digitalize pen-paper assessment scales resulting in new functionalities capable to
improve assessment scores. A case study for on-site pain/discomfort assessment on severely
demented people is presented. The resulting system is an electronic device with a graphical user
interface (GUI) on a touch screen. The device allows easily registering and evaluating complex
timing patterns of behaviours and responses, on-site. This feature could result in a new generation
of more accurate observational assessment instruments. Moreover digital information is stored in a
database improving administration, providing immediate feedback and allowing applications like:
visualisation, statistical analysis and scientific research like data mining.
ISSN: 0169-2607
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:ESAT - STADIUS, Stadius Centre for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics
Division M3-BIORES: Measure, Model & Manage Bioresponses (-)
Health Care Department - Lier Campus - TM K
Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery
Technologiecluster ESAT Elektrotechnische Engineering
Electrical Engineering (ESAT) TC, Technology Campus Geel
Electrical Engineering (ESAT) TC, Technology Campus Diepenbeek
× corresponding author
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