How It Works

The Problem in assessing pain

Pain often goes unrecognised and under-treated in people with communication difficulties such as dementia. Although tools exist to assess pain, they are often subjective, manually based and subsequently under used by carers. PainChek® is a secure smart phone-based medical device that uses artificial intelligence to assess and score pain levels in real time and update medical records in the cloud.

PainChek® – what it is and how it works

PainChek® is a fast and simple to use solution. It uses the smart phone camera to analyse the person’s face and in 3 seconds, documents the facial cues of pain in people with dementia*. *Or other cognitive impairment.

Next, the caregiver uses PainChek® to record their observations of pain related behaviours such as how the person is moving and vocalising pain that will complete the assessment. Finally, PainChek® calculates an overall pain score and stores the result allowing the caregiver to monitor the effect of medication and treatment over time. PainChek® is a world-first pain assessment medical device – now with regulatory clearance in Australia and Europe.

How to carry out a pain assessment:


The PainChek assessment process is created to be thorough, whilst also time effective. Rather than having to rely on slow paper-based assessments which end up being underused, PainChek walks the user through each step of the assessment process to ensure no areas are missed. But what are these areas? Well this is how the PainChek assessment works:

How It Works

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