Assessing pain in elderly patients who cannot respond verbally.

  title={Assessing pain in elderly patients who cannot respond verbally.},
  author={W Simons and R Malabar},
  journal={Journal of advanced nursing},
  volume={22 4},
Many patients cannot respond verbally and there is noted to be an increase in disorientation and confusional states in advanced age. The problem of pain assessment for this group is therefore not only a large problem but potentially a growing one. A pilot study was carried out to validate a chart for the assessment and control of pain using observed pain behaviours. The researchers studied elderly patients with a variety of medical problems on three wards. The study was done by observing pain… CONTINUE READING

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