Exploring the prevalence of and factors associated with pain: a cross‐sectional study of community‐dwelling people with dementia.

This study set out to determine the prevalence of pain among people with dementia, the extent of medication use and patient/caregiver variables associated with the presence of pain. The main body of research examining pain among people with dementia has previously been limited to the care home population. Participants in this study were recruited from 2 memory clinics in Northern Ireland. All patients in the study were taking medication prescribed by their G.P. with nearly two fifths taking anti-depressants. Over three quarters were taking 5 or more medications, defined as polypharmacy. Greater numbers of patients reported experiencing pain on an average day (57.5%) than at the time of interview (36%) but caregivers reported pain more frequently than patients, with gender being a significant factor. Patients taking analgesic medication were significantly more likely to be reported as experiencing pain by their care giver.
Title: 
Exploring the prevalence of and factors associated with pain: a cross‐sectional study of community‐dwelling people with dementia.
Date: 
2016
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Barry, H.E., Parsons, C., Passmore, A.P. and Hughes, C.M., 2016. Exploring the prevalence of and factors associated with pain: a cross‐sectional study of community‐dwelling people with dementia. Health & social care in the community, 24(3), pp.270-282.