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The Hypermedia Assistant for
Cancer Pain Management
Release 3.0  

The Hypermedia Assistant for Cancer Pain Management (HACPM), a resource for health care professionals, addresses the management of pain in patients with cancer. It provides a hypermedia implementation of the Clinical Practice Guideline on the Management of Cancer Pain, a publication of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

HACPM provides interactive tools for healthcare providers to assist with managing pain in cancer patients. These tools include a calculator for converting drug dosages, and an interactive dermatome map.

HACPM also provides multimedia instructional tools. These include video clips of pain experts and cancer patients addressing issues regarding pain management in patients with cancer. Also included are animated tutorials on the neurological processes involved in pain.

Besides the AHCPR Clinical Practice Guideline, HACPM provides a significant resource for technical information on pain. In particular, the complete text of Current and Emerging Issues in Cancer Pain: Research and Practice, edited by CR Chapman and K Foley (1993, Lipincott-Raven) has recently been made available on the HACPM website. Additional resources will be added as they become available.

A significant value of this resource is its powerful capability for clinical information retrieval. HACPM employs repertory hypergrids, an expert system method for information retrieval, to generate links between related information (knowledge chunks) residing in the document database. These links provide easy access to the information that is most useful for a given interest or immediate need. This should help you find information quickly and efficiently.

Instructions for Navigating HACPM

To quickly familiarize yourself with all that HACPM has to offer, tour the HACPM website, or

Tour an area of interest by selecting from the tours menu.

Guideline contents. The complete contents of the AHCPR Clinical Practice Guideline: Management of Cancer Pain. To use the expert guide, locate a topic of interest and follow the "chunks".

Library of technical references and documents, including Current Issues in Research on Cancer Pain.

Provider tools include a calculator for converting drug dosages, and an interactive dermatome map.

Multimedia tools for information and instruction provide videos addressing issues in cancer pain management and animated tutorials on physiological processes involved in pain.

Web links to related sites on the WWW.

Search engine for locating terms or topics anywhere in the HACPM website.

Home to the HACPM Home Page.

For quick navigation, click on the image to view the interactive sitemap, or use the navigation buttons on the navigation bar at the bottom of each page:


DISCLAIMERS: The material in HACPM is intended as an educational resource for healthcare professionals. Patients with pain should not use this information as a substitute for medical evaluation, advice, and/or treatment by a qualified health care professional. Patients and the lay public should consult appropriate health care professionals when interpreting the material offered here.

The views, opinions and conclusions expressed in these pages are strictly those of the page author. The contents of the site have not been reviewed or approved by the University of Utah.

We subscribe to the HONcode principles of the Health On the Net Foundation


HACPM was produced by Mathsoft, Data Analysis Products Division through a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

David Madigan, Ph.D. s, C. Richard Chapman, Ph.D. a developed the concept. David H. Bradshaw, Ph.D. a, designed and developed version 3.0, with significant contributions by Giovanni Marchisio, Ph.D. m, Thien Nguyen m, Jeffrey Silverman m, and Ying Zhang s. Medical consultants for this site are C. Richard Chapman, Ph.D. a and Jonathan Gavrin, M.D. g
s Department of Statistics, Rutgers Univsersity, Piscataway, NJ. a Department of Anesthesiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. g Department of Anesthesiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. m Insightful Corp., Seattle, WA.

This website is owned and maintained by the Pain Research Center, Dept. of Anesthesiology, University of Utah, 615 Arapeen Dr. Ste 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84108. To submit comments or suggestions, contact David Bradshaw at


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