Pain in Care home residents with dementia: An exploration of frequency, prescribing and relatives perspectives.

In a study carried out in 9 nursing homes in Northern Ireland, Barry et al. (2015) found that the assessment and management of pain among residents with dementia continues to challenge care home providers and staff. High numbers of residents were prescribed analgesics “when required” but no guidelines were in place for assessment of pain before administering and many staff were unfamiliar with observational pain assessment tools. There were also high levels of anti-psychotic prescription despite recent policy recommendations on their reduction. The authors acknowledge the limitation of a small sample size but conclude the study demonstrates a need for care providers to really focus on assessment and management of pain among their residents with dementia.
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Pain in Care home residents with dementia: An exploration of frequency, prescribing and relatives perspectives.
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2015
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Barry, H.E., Parsons, C., Passmore, A.P. and Hughes, C.M., 2015. Pain in care home residents with dementia: an exploration of frequency, prescribing and relatives' perspectives. International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 30(1), pp.55-63. Vancouver