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Project # Project Title Research Focus Area Research Program Administering IC Institution(s) Investigator(s) Location(s) Year Awarded
An Instrument to Assess the Functional Impact of Chronic Pain Cross-Cutting Research Small Business Programs NINDS BARRON ASSOCIATES, INC. CLARK, BRIAN R Charlottesville, VA 2019
NOFO Title: PHS 2018-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, and FDA for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44] Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
NOFO Number: PA-18-574

The proposed Fast Track SBIR effort will develop and validate the reliable, low-cost KnowPain instrument. KnowPain will objectively and quantitatively assess the functional impact of chronic pain using measures derived from six degrees-of-freedom motion, heart rate, skin surface temperature, and skin conductivity collected via a specially designed, ergonomic wrist-worn biometric sensing instrument. The new assessment instrument will apply advanced psychometric methods to both physiologic and kinematic data to provide precise scores for functional impairment due to chronic pain. The assessment results will be presented to the clinician in an easy-to-understand report and will include longitudinal results, confidence estimates, and normative data to enable comparisons both within and between patients. The system will include provision to interface with electronic medical records. Accurate functional assessment is a crucial component in the effective treatment of chronic pain. The proposed approach will supplement existing methods for assessing patient function by providing novel and highly complementary information for a more complete (and often unobserved) picture of the impact of chronic pain on patient function. KnowPain measures will provide important data on the practical consequences of pain and on treatment efficacy.