Practice question

How do I recognise and treat pain appropriately and effectively in a person with dementia?

A tool to help staff understand the management of pain in dementia care uses four simple steps to recognise it and treat it effectively

A tool to help staff understand the management of pain in dementia care uses four simple steps to recognise it and treat it effectively

Pain is common in people with dementia but it is often under-recognised and poorly managed (Sampson et al 2015, Closs et al 2016). Inability to communicate verbally has been identified as one of the reasons for this, but this does not negate the possibility that the individual is experiencing pain and in need of appropriate treatment (McAuliffe et al 2012).

Despite the existence of observational pain assessment tools for people with advanced dementia such as the Abbey Pain Scale (Abbey et al 2004), their use is not routine (McAuliffe et al 2012). As a

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