Pain and dementia: An overview of the literature

Donna Brown, Linda McAuliffe, Deirdre Fetherstanhaugh

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Abstract

This paper discusses how pain and its undertreatment impacts upon older people with dementia. It outlines how the contributing factors to the underassessment of pain are numerous and includes dementia-related factors (such as loss of communication ability) and health professional-related factors (such as inappropriate or non-application of a pain-assessment tool and deficit knowledge regarding pain mechanisms and/or dementia). Pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options for pain are noted as important but are not the focus of this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-226
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Older People Nursing
Volume7
Issue number3
Early online date26 Jul 2012
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Jul 2012

Keywords

  • dementia
  • older people
  • pain

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