View Full Version : Subjective/objective comfort surveys

03-24-2003, 12:02 AM
Hello All,

I am trying to quantify comfort for a comparison study on mattresses. The
test subject lays supine for a given amount of time and asked to rate their
amount of comfort. Besides the "smiley face" survey widely used in US
hospitals for pain levels (and associating a numerical value to each face)
and having the subject place a dash on a 10 cm line with one end being
extremely uncomfortable and the other end being extremely comfortable and
measuring the distance in cm to get a numerical value, are there any other
reliable methods/ surveys anyone has used successfully in the past?

I also have a version of a survey that identifies specific areas of the
body for evaluation (neck, shoulders, upper back, etc.) Right now I'm
investigating a combination of the three mentioned above and was wondering
if anyone can offer any guidance.

Any suggestions are most appreciated and I will post a summary of responses
if there is interest.

Thank you in advance,

Rebecca Shearn
Biomedical Engineer

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