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Supportive care for the person with dementia$
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Julian Hughes, Mari Lloyd-Williams, and Greg Sachs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554133

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554133.001.0001

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Distress and pain in dementia

Distress and pain in dementia

(p.129) Chapter 14 Distress and pain in dementia
Supportive care for the person with dementia

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The loss of cognitive and communication abilities that are seen as dementia advances creates great difficulties in assessing distress. There may be a variety of causes of distress, i.e., depression, agitation, and isolation, as well as pain. Clearly, if distress and pain are not managed adequately, this will impact on the person's quality of life. This chapter discusses the issues regarding pain prevalence and assessment, and then considers how distress might be assessed and managed.

Keywords:   dementia, patient distress, quality of life, pain prevalence, pain assessment

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