Chronic Pain Management

Description: This project is grounded in the fields of Information Science, Communication, Gerontology, and Clinical Studies. Through an interdisciplinary approach, we focus on the methodological and assessment challenges to measuring pain for older adults as well as the interpersonal influences of pain management.

The project’s aim is four-fold: 1) Investigate optimal recognition of chronic pain momentary assessments, 2) Examine management of chronic pain in daily interactions by analyzing disclosure content and consequences in different communication channels, 3) Establish the day-to-day fluctuations in pain experience and its correlation to social contact and network patterns, and 4) Explore if social support interventions through mobile technology can help manage chronic pain.


Geri Gay, Cary Reid, Jamie Guillory, Pamara Chang, Phil Adams, Elizabeth Murnane, Shruti Sannon, Natalie Bazarova



Adams, P., Murnane, E. L., Elfenbein, M., Wethington, E., and Gay, G. (2017). Supporting the Self-Management of Chronic Pain Conditions with Tailored Momentary Self-Assessments. In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1065-1077). ACM. [ ACM | PDF ]

Sannon, S. When Privacy is Painful: Designing for Multiple Needs and Trade-offs. (2017). Presented at the Workshop on Privacy Ethics at the 20th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (CSCW). [ PDF ]

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