Pain and stress, not the first association you have when it comes to festivals. Okay, admittedly finding a good place for your tent when you arrive can be quite stressful. Or that one beer too many from the night before that is giving you a headache as you walk across the festival grounds. But beyond that, let the fun begin! Nevertheless, Imec Nederland will be testing how to measure pain more accurately during the Lowlands music festival in Biddinghuizen. After all, everyone experiences pain differently. “At the moment, doctors ask patients to indicate how much pain they are experiencing on a scale of 1 to 10.” says Jolanda Bax-Witteveen, project leader of this study at Imec. “It is only a snapshot and that kind of figure is very subjective. There are also patients who are not able to quantify their pain properly or who are unable to express themselves well enough. Think about children, elderly people with dementia or people who have just woken up after an operation. It is difficult for doctors to assess these patients.”

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Author profile picture Milan Lenters is a writer and editor. Through IO, he got to know his native city Eindhoven in a different way and sometimes looks with amazement at the many stories that lie ahead.