Pain in Impaired Cognition: EU COST Programme (COST TD1005 Action)


The European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST) offers an inter-governmental framework which sponsors and promotes collaboration between researchers in Europe. One component of this work is the EU-COST initiative entitled “Pain in impaired cognition, especially dementia” (also known as the COST TD1005 Action).

“The major aim is the development of a comprehensive and internationally agreed-on assessment toolkit for older adults targeting the various subtypes of dementia and various aspects of pain, including pain diagnostics, cognitive examination and guidelines for proper assessment”.

There are five work groups:

  • Work Group 1: Psychometrics and Algesimetry (WG1).
  • Work Group 2: Nursing and Care (WG2).
  • Work Group 3: Clinical Evaluation and Epidemiology (WG 3).
  • Work Group 4: Experimental Evaluation (WG 4).
  • Work Group 5: Palliative Care (WG 5).

Full Text Link


Action TD1005: Pain Assessment in Patients with Impaired Cognition, especially Dementia. [Online]: EU COST Programme (COST TD1005 Action), 2015.

Related publications are listed below.

2015 Reference

  1. Sampson, EL. White, N. [and] Lord, K. [et al] (2015). Pain, agitation, and behavioural problems in people with dementia admitted to general hospital wards: a longitudinal cohort study. PAIN. April 2015, Vol.156(4), pp.675–683. Full Text Link.

2014 References

  1. Toxopeus, AH. Husebo, BS. [and] Strand, LI. [et al] (2014). The mouth care item of the MOBID pain scale: secondary analyses of unique video uptakes by dental professionals. Gerodontology. February 17th 2014. [Epub ahead of print]. Full Text Link.
  2. Lautenbacher, S. (2014). Pain assessment in special patient groups such as those with dementia: at the finishing line or just starting from scratch? Pain. August 2014; 155(8): 1419-20. Full Text Link.
  3. Corbett, A. Husebo, BS. [and] Achterberg, WP. [et al] (2014). The importance of pain management in older people with dementia. British Medical Bulletin. September 2014; 111(1): 139-48. Full Text Link.
  4. Corbett, A. Achterberg, W. [and] Husebo, B. [et al] (2015). An international road map to improve pain assessment in people with impaired cognition: the development of the Pain Assessment in Impaired Cognition (PAIC) meta-tool. BMC Neurology. December 10th 2015, Vol.14(1) :229. Full Text Link.

2013 References

  1. Lautenbacher, S. Niewelt, BG. [and] Kunz, M. (2013). Decoding pain from the facial display of patients with dementia: a comparison of professional and nonprofessional observers. Pain Medicine. April 2013, Vol.14(4), pp.469-77. Full Text Link.
  2. Achterberg, WP. Pieper, MJ. [and] van Dalen-Kok, AH. [et al] (2013). Pain management in patients with dementia. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 2013, 8, pp.1471-82. Full Text Link.

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