A high percentage of patients with dementia experience debilitating pain. Untreated, it can result in mental and physical impairment; a higher frequency of neuropsychiatric symptoms such as agitation, depression, and sleep problems; and adverse events such as falls, hallucination, and even death. With the help of�Pain in Dementia,�you can learn new ways to give these patients a better quality of life! A multidisciplinary team of leading experts navigates the complex clinical challenges associated with pain among these patients.� Theyidentify the sources of pain, even in patients who have trouble communicating, and recommend the most effective pain treatment options.
- Diagnose pain using today�s best methods, including self-report measures, observer ratings, psychophysical and behavioral pain analysis, and more.
- Avoid inappropriate use of pain medication�through coverage of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management options, including exercise and physical therapy, psychological approaches, placebo analgesia, and palliative care.
- Understand the current knowledge gaps�and join the search for better solutions.�
Stephen J. Gibson, BBSc(Hon), PhD, MAPsS, is currently Deputy Director of the National Ageing Research Institute (Australia), Director of Research at the Caulfield Pain Management and Research Centre, Associate Professor within the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne, and a representative of older persons at institutional human ethics review committees.