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Pain Management




  • Includes a comprehensive definition of pain; its types and complications
  • Addresses how to assess pain in people with dementia, and discusses pain scales and cues
  • Includes a relevant case study
  • Discusses the principles of pain management, focusing on the use of medication
  • Informs about nociceptive and neuropathic pain
  • Includes non-pharmacological strategies for relieving pain

The uniqueness of pain and the difficulties that older people with dementia can have in expressing their pain can make pain a solitary experience. Non-verbal signs and symptoms of pain can be easily overlooked. In this chapter, learn more about the experience of pain in older people and how to assess an elderly resident's pain and manage it effectively.


Contents include

  • Experiencing pain in older age
  • What is pain?
  • Complications of pain
  • Barriers to effective pain management
    • Assessing pain in people with dementia
    • Assessment and measurement
    • Importance of direct observation
    • Pain scales
    • Additional cues in chronic pain
    • Interviewing skills in caring for people with dementia
  • Pain management
    • Principles of pain management
    • Types of medications
    • Non-pharmacological strategies for relieving pain
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Author / Editor Biographies

RN, DipRec/leis (KCAE), BA (KCAE), GradCertHEd (UTS), MAdEd (UTS), MA (Hons) (Syd), PhD (Syd)
Dr Lynn Chenoweth began working as a clinical nurse in 1966 and has worked as a nurse manager, educator, and researcher. In her doctoral studies, Lynn evaluated outcome standards in aged care and the effect of these standards on the lives of older residents in nursing homes. Since then she has taught and conducted research in the areas of dementia management, improving care practices, and health outcomes for older people in a range of care settings. Lynn is currently the director of the Health and Ageing Research Unit, South-Eastern Sydney Area Health Service, and is professor of Aged and Exte...
Susie Kerr is a registered nurse with experience in general nursing, paediatric intensive care and operating theatres and more recently as a clinical nurse consultant in pain management. She completed a postgraduate diploma in pain management at the University of Sydney (Australia) in 1998. Susie teaches and conducts research within a multidisciplinary team in her role as clinical nurse manager in the Department of Pain Management, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney (Australia). She is a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, the Australian Pain Society, the Pain Interest...

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