Pain in dementia patients recognize

People who are suffering from dementia can’t describe their pain often well. But there are some typical behaviors that show pain. To know you, helps families and care personnel to better respond to your needs.

A Team of scientists from Bergen, Norway, has identified ways of movements and behavior, which dementia patients often show, if you feel any pain.

Signs that clearly point to pain, stiffening, lack of exercise or physical aggression. In the case of actions that provoke pain, react people with dementia often tense and defensive behaviour, for example, if you migrate to a hip-OP. In peace, however, RUB, or massage is more of a pain of the body you want and behave restless.

Other signs are attitudes To unusual body, Moving Support items or a limited mobility to refusal to move.

Limping, shuffling gait, Tremor, or stereotyped movements showed, however, rarely associated with pain.

The Team from Norway has evaluated 25 studies on the movement patterns of people with dementia, of whom it was suspected that they had pain. From this, they derived five typical patterns of movement and behaviour, which showed the patient if they had pain. The pain assessment in people with dementia remains difficult on the whole, because of the recognised testing methods are missing. In further studies to examine how pain treatment on the behavior of dementia patients exhibit effect.



DOI 10.1186/s12883-014-0229-5

DOI 10.1002/ejp.1344

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