Diary History View for iPad
The Diary History View is the focal point for creating new Diary Entries and monitoring your Diary History. This screen gives you three different ways to look at your recent Diary History, and allows you to navigate between already existing entries with ease.
At the top of the screen, you’ll see a Diary button which gives you access the details of the current Diary OR to other Diaries you may be tracking on your device. The “Add Diary Entry” button allows you to begin the creation of a new Diary Entry.
The rest of the screen is divided into four main areas which are discussed in more detail here…
A – Diary History Table
The first area to focus on is the Diary History Table which takes up most of the right hand side of the screen. This is the primary display of your current Diary’s contents. Each row in the table represents a single Diary Entry. The row shows the entry date and time, and displays an icon for each Tracker that was included in the entry. The icons are “live” so they show a portion of the actual information entered for that entry. This allows you to easily spot good days, bad days and key entries to investigate further.
This table is sorted chronologically with the most recent entries higher in the table list. In addition to simply scrolling the list, you can use the index items to the right side of the table to easily navigate through the table.
Tapping on any of the rows in the table will open the Diary Entry for editing. To add new entries to the list, simply tap the “Add Diary Entry” button in the upper right of the screen.
Should you need to delete a row from the table, you must first put the table into “Edit Mode” by tap-holding on any cell for about 2 seconds. You will then see the deletion controls by the table rows. Tap the control and press Delete for each row you wish to remove. To exit from “Edit Mode” do another tap-hold on any cell for about 2 seconds.
B – Calendar View
The Calendar View in the upper left corner of the screen provides both a quick navigational tool and a unique way to view your chronic pain levels over the past weeks and months. For navigation, just tap on the day you would like to jump to and the Diary History Table will scroll to the entries for that date. You can use the small arrows at the top of the calendar to jump forward/backward a month, or tap the name of the month to open a picker window that will allow you to jump to any month/year combination you wish.
At the same time, the Calendar View provides a visualization of your pain intensity over time. In the image above, the Calendar View is showing a colored gradient for each day of the month. The gradient colors correspond to the Pain Intensity Levels reported for that particular day. The color breaks in the gradient are positioned relative to when they were recorded. So for example, an entry at 6AM where Pain Level was a 4 (Yellow), would show yellow 1/4 (6AM/24hrs) of the way through the gradient. This coloring methodology provides an easy way to see how your pain levels change over the course of the month and even over the course of a day.
The other coloring mode is enabled when the Recent Pain Levels graph is set to show Daily Avg Pain Levels. Then rather than showing a gradient of pain level colors during the day, each calendar square shows only a single color representing the avg pain level for that day.
C – Filtering Controls
The Filtering Controls box gives you a brief synopsis of the number of entries in your current Diary and the date ranges the Diary covers. You can also use the small toolbox icon to open the Filtering controls which allows you to reduce the number of entries that are shown in the Diary History View. Using Filtering is a good idea once you start managing several hundred or more entries so that your device’s hardware is not taxed too much.
D – Recent Pain Levels Graph
This graph provides a snapshot of the last 1 to 3 months worth of Diary Entries and the Pain Intensity Levels that have been reported. You can choose to display data from either individual entries (as shown in the image above) or Daily Avg Pain Level data points.
The graph will also display any key Milestones that have been recorded during the period. If you see a data point you’d like to investigate further, just tap on it. The Diary History Table will scroll to the entry so that you can see its details.