Guidance on the recognition, assessment, and management of pain in people who have dementia

Rasmussen, Foskett, Mason, Pace, Passmore, Serpell


Pain is generally under-recognised in older people and identifying and assessing pain is particularly challenging in individuals who have cognitive impairment, communication difficulties, or language and cultural barriers.

While people with dementia may experience pain due to comorbid conditions, memory impairment often means the patient forgets to mention their pain when they speak to their relatives or see a healthcare professional.

This Guidelines summary is a concise, balanced, and simple-to-use guidance on the recognition, assessment, and management of pain in people who have dementia.


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