Dynamic Pain Assessment: An Application of Clinical Infometrics to Personalized Pain Treatment and Management

  • Chih-Hung Chang


Pain is a critical health problem worldwide. It is the most common reason for medical appointments but often undertreated. Accurate assessment is an important first step in the treatment of persons suffering from pain. Although a critical mass of pain assessment tools now exist, there remain challenges to make them clinically useful. Dynamic pain assessment synthesizing modern psychometrics and advanced technologies allows for maximum flexibility in reliable assessment and practice guidance in facilitating treatment decision making. This adaptive approach can potentially lessen the complexity of pain assessment and serve as a viable means to improve pain treatment and management in diverse patient populations. In this chapter, we discuss the integration of psychometrics and informatics to address the challenges and opportunities for individualized pain assessment, treatment, and management. We specifically describe a dynamic pain assessment system that can allow the pain experience to be reliably self-reported and utilized to optimally guide personalized pain treatment and management in a variety of settings and populations.


Item Response Theory Pain Assessment Item Bank Pain Care Pain Assessment Tool 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chih-Hung Chang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Buehler Center on Aging, Health and SocietyNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal MedicineNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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