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Decision support in the assessment and management of pain for people with dementia in hospital

 

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Decision support in the assessment and management of pain for people with dementia in hospital

Pain and dementia are common in older people, and impaired cognitive abilities make it difficult for them to communicate their pain.

Accurate pain assessment in this vulnerable group is challenging for hospital staff, but essential for appropriate management. This study reviews the literature and explores staff and carer views to identify robust methods for identifying, assessing and managing pain.