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Print my Pain: Visualising the Experience, Expression and Description of Chronic Pain

Team: Nick Dulake

Explaining and quantifying the feeling and experience of living with chronic pain presents a particularly challenging task. This project used co-creation methods, digital design and fabrication technologies to create data-objects. Preliminary testing showed that the data-objects enabled young adults to explore their own pain language, capture this understanding, and use it communicate with others. 

The data-objects were part of a larger project bringing together Lab4Living’s researchers and pain management clinicians at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. In a series of workshops, the team explored how the use of creative activities might assist young people in describing and communicating chronic pain. 

The artefacts shown embody some of the experiences expressed by the young people.


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