Automated Smart Home Assessment to Support Pain Management: Multiple Methods Analysis


Roschelle L Fritz, BSN, MSN, PhD
Marian Wilson, MPH, PhD
Gordana Dermody, BSN, PhD
Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, PhD
Diane J Cook, PhD


Poorly managed pain can lead to substance use disorders, depression, suicide, worsening health, and increased use of health services. Most pain assessments occur in clinical settings away from patients’ natural environments. Advances in smart home technology may allow observation of pain in the home setting. Smart homes recognizing human behaviors may be useful for quantifying functional pain interference, thereby creating new ways of assessing pain and supporting people living with pain. This study aimed to determine if a smart home can detect pain-related behaviors to perform automated assessment and support intervention for persons with chronic pain.



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