50% of all people with dementia regularly experience pain and up to 80% of nursing home patients have acute or chronic pain.
Pain is often a contributory factor in behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, such as agitation, aggression, and psychosis. Many of these individuals are unable to communicate their thoughts and feelings which makes symptom management complex. As yet there is no clear guidance for the optimal treatment of pain in people these individuals.
This study day brings together experts and clinicians working in the field and aims to improve understanding of pain and distress in people with dementia, and how it can best be assessed and treated.