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Gerokomos

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SOTTO MAYOR, Margarida et al. Pain and dementia of people living in a nursing home. Gerokomos [online]. 2015, vol.26, n.1, pp.23-27. ISSN 1134-928X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S1134-928X2015000100006.

Pain is prevalent, sub diagnosed and sub treated in people with dementia or other mental disorders. Aim: To identify the prevalence of pain and its relation with sociodemographic, clinical and functional variables of 80 residents in a unit of long stay (LSU) in the centre of France. Methods: Elaboration of an orientation script for data collection of sociodemographic, clinical and functional variables. Register of pain. Results: The prevalence of pain is 70% of the residents in a LSU. Conclusion: It's an aged population, mainly women, multi pharmacology and with multi diseases, pain and minor awareness of themselves. It's necessary formative procedure to help formal and informal caregivers to identify pain in those who do not verbalize it and in order to understand deviate behaviour caused by pain in those with cognitive deterioration.

Keywords : dementia; pain; long standing unit.

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