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The prevalence of pain in older people is estimated to be 25-50% but people with dementia receive fewer analgesics that those who are cognitively intact.
There is growing evidence that pain in people with dementia is under-assessed and undertreated and nurses have an important role in improving this essential part of care. However nurses often lack knowledge and have inaccurate beliefs about pain in dementia, and education is required to remedy this.
This article discusses the barriers to assessment and management of pain in this population, strategies to overcome these barriers, and the implications of such strategies for practitioners and researchers.
Eileen Shepherd, Clinical Commissioning Editor
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