Pain in people with dementia often goes undiagnosed, despite being a probable cause of distressed behaviour. It tends to be under-assessed and under-treated. This review covers the main barriers to effective assessment and management of pain in patients with dementia, and discusses strategies to overcome those barriers. Nurses are advised to use recognised pain assessment tools and tailor pain management to patients’ needs.
The authors advise that further research is necessary to explore barriers in the management of pain for this patient group, aimed at developing improved evidence-based pain management strategies.
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Chandler, R. Bruneau, B. (2014). Barriers to the management of pain in dementia care. Nursing Times. July 4th 2014, 110(28), pp.12-16.