Title

Assessment of pain in the nonverbal or cognitively impaired older adult

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

5-1-2008

Journal, Book or Conference Title

Clinics in geriatric medicine

NLM Title Abbreviation

Clin Geriatr Med

PubMed ID

18387454

Abstract

The inability of nonverbal older adults to communicate pain represents a major barrier to pain assessment and treatment. This article focuses on nonverbal older adult populations with dementia, delirium, and severe critical illness. A comprehensive approach to pain assessment is advocated encompassing multiple sources of information. Selected behavioral tools for nonverbal pain assessment are critiqued. Although there are tools with promise, there is currently no standardized behavioral tool that may be recommended for broad adoption in clinical practice and continued concerted effort to this end is needed. Copyright © 2008 by Elsevier Inc.

Keywords

Behavior, Cognition Disorders -- In Old Age, Communication Barriers, Pain Measurement -- Methods -- In Old Age, Aged, Analgesics -- Administration and Dosage, Clinical Assessment Tools, Critically Ill Patients, Deglutition Disorders, Delirium -- Complications, Delirium -- Etiology, Delirium -- Symptoms, Dementia -- Complications, Nonverbal Communication, Observational Methods, Pain -- Etiology, Pain -- Symptoms, Self Report

Published Article/Book Citation

The definitive version was published in Clinics in geriatric medicine, 24:2 (2008) pp.237-262.

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 

URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/248