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Design, Development, And Verification Of An Automated Pain Measurement Device, Morgan L. Hill Jan 2013

Design, Development, And Verification Of An Automated Pain Measurement Device, Morgan L. Hill

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The focus of this study is the redesign, development, fabrication, and initial evaluation of an automated pain measurement device. The redesign will focus on improving the original Computer Controlled Pressure Algometer, designed by Zimkowski in 2010. Pain measurement is very difficult to accurately accomplish, and current methods are limited to subjective techniques such as pain rating scales and handheld algometry. These subjective methods of pain measurement have many shortcomings that render them inadequate at reliably assessing an individual's pain. Large variability has been shown with these testing methods, which can be prone to error due to test administrator, environmental ...