Initial Validation of the Electronic Form of the Michigan Body Map
Manuscript ID rapm-2019-101084.R1(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26835782)
Body maps are commonly used to assess the location of pain; however, until the development of the Michigan Body Map none were validated for use in research. This easy to use and score body map is commonly used in practice at the University and in many clinics across the US and globe, and it has been translated to Japanese, Chinese, German, and Hebrew for clinical research. Because so much patient-reported information is collected using iPads, phones and computers, in this new publication in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine we described the first steps in validating the Michigan Body Map for use in an electronic format. This body map, the creation of faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology, offers a fast and easy way to assess for areas of pain and for scoring widespread body pain in clinical care and research. Widespread body pain is one of the hallmark symptoms of fibromyalgia and other centralized pain conditions and can be a useful measure when personalizing pain treatment.