DCRC Knowledge Translation (KT) has produced a “hands on pain product” for health practitioners. Older people are at an increased risk for both pain and dementia. The prevalence of pain in people with dementia has been estimated to be as high as 84% in residential aged care and community settings. Yet despite the vast number of older people with dementia who experience pain, research evidence indicates that under-assessment and under-treatment of pain in this population is common, with a host of adverse consequences.

Sharon Wall, an independent clinical gerontologist, working as a member of the KT Team has produced a 30 minute pain in-service for residential aged care facilities and community health practitioners. This in-service incorporates the DCRC pain research reported in the January 2012 Dementia Research News. It includes other recent pain and pain management research as well as older research that remains highly applicable. Therefore, it incorporates a vast coverage of latest pain research in this impressive new product for health practitioners.

An example of the areas explored in the in-service is the difficulty that is associated with assessing pain in people with dementia who have limited or no ability to express themselves verbally. The research shows the importance the assessing practitioner knowing the person well over time. Furthermore, once pain is diagnosed, it needs to be reassessed every four hours until the pain is gone.

To access the Pain In-Service please click here.



Other stories from this edition of Dementia Research News:

Director's report and welcome from Prof Elizabeth Beattie

Examining the use of the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI)

The use of biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease

Pain and Pain Management for RACF and Community Settings


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Scholarship opportunity with the DCRC

Managing Depression Growing Older

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Self-harm in older adults

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