• dementia;
  • older people;
  • pain

mcauliffe l., brown d. & fetherstonhaugh d. (2012) Pain and dementia: an overview of the literature. International Journal of Older People Nursing7, 219–226 doi: 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2012.00331.x

This paper discusses how pain and its undertreatment impacts upon older people with dementia. It outlines how the contributing factors to the underassessment of pain are numerous and includes dementia-related factors (such as loss of communication ability) and health professional–related factors (such as inappropriate or non-application of a pain-assessment tool and deficit knowledge regarding pain mechanisms and/or dementia). Pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options for pain are noted as important but are not the focus of this paper.