Evaluation and treatment for chronic pain are major contributors to rising healthcare costs. Although accurate assessment of pain and function is the cornerstone to successful chronic pain management, systematic, objective assessment of the functional impact of pain remains exceptionally challenging in practice.
Barron Associates has developed the KnowPain wearable instrument. KnowPain objectively and quantitatively assesses the functional impact of chronic pain (FIP) using measures derived from six degrees-of-freedom (6-DOF) motion, heart rate, skin surface temperature, and skin conductivity collected via a specially designed, ergonomic wrist-worn biometric sensing instrument. The prototype KnowPain device is currently being evaluated in a feasibility study on chronic low back pain patients.