UX Pain Mapping Tools

A project on a patient's user experience with the efficiency of pain communication tools in the clinical consulting room. The Pain Mapping tools is is designed help chronic-pain patients visualise and identify the distinctive features of pain for more informative conversations with medical practitioners.

Design Problem

Limited Pain Tools

Current pain scales fail to consider the multi-sensory pain experience.

Pain is Complex

Pain can be difficult to be communicate, it has various variations depending on the body part.

Pain is Invisible

Pain can be difficult to describe because it is an invisible and complex, multi-sensory experience.

User Testing

Both Patients
Both Users felt there were too many terms to describe pain which caused confusion with pain communication with practitioner
Chronic Patients
Users with more experience with pain felt it was hard to distinguish their high tolerances with pain compared to some else
Non-Chronic Patients
Users with less experience with pain felt confused because they did not know the difference between different characteristics and intensities of pain

Design Solution

Graphic Visualisation

Pain visualization in line language was developed from existing  packaging design, infographics and science  visualisations.

Pain Psychology

Hands are the most powerful body part when mapping inner body experiences as they connect to most of the brains motor processing power

Science of Pain

Considers a patients pain experience, e.g. a patient with tight muscular pain responded to their experience by knotting string.

Design Solution

Final Design