Assessment of pain in dementia

There are now scales for assessing pain in patients too demented to communicate. They rely on observation of behaviour over at least 5 minutes.

  • PAINAD (Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia)
  • OPBAI (Observational Pain Behaviour Assessment Instrument)
  • PADE (Pain Assessment in the Dementing Elderly – a caregiver tool)
  • Pain Assessment Instrument in Non-Communicative Elderly – similar caregiver tool.

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