A better way to measure pain in children

PhD student, Emmanuel Alabi, is looking for a way to objectively rate pain to help those who can’t communicate
University of Waterloo
Sensory Sciences

Have you ever gone to the hospital and been asked to rate your pain on a scale of one to 10? It’s a highly subjective tool. How can anyone be sure that two people rating themselves as a 7 are actually experiencing the same level of pain? More importantly, how can a non-communicative person, like an infant, tell clinicians how they feel? Emmanuel Alabi is trying to replace this rating system with a more objective approach through his research at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry. Working in a CFI-funded lab, Alabi conducts clinical trials that record the involuntary responses that occur in the eye when subjected to stimuli to develop a method of measuring pain that won’t leave clinicians guessing.

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