Pain management for older people with learning difficulties and dementia

In general, the pain relief needs of older people with dementia are not adequately met. The aim of this research was to determine whether the same unsatisfactory treatment also applies to people with learning difficulties who have dementia and, if so, to make recommendations for improving practice. The research team was based at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh, and the Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling. The researchers sought to develop an understanding of how older people with learning difficulties and dementia experience pain and to explore how these are managed.

Author: 
Heather Wilkinson
Author: 
Daina Kerr
Author: 
Colm Cunningham
Publisher: 
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
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