Development of a composite pain measure for persons with advanced dementia: exploratory analyses in self-reporting nursing home residents.

@article{Ersek2011DevelopmentOA,
  title={Development of a composite pain measure for persons with advanced dementia: exploratory analyses in self-reporting nursing home residents.},
  author={Mary T Ersek and Nayak Polissar and Moni Blazej Neradilek},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  year={2011},
  volume={41 3},
  pages={566-79}
}
CONTEXT Experts agree that pain assessment in noncommunicative persons requires data from sources that do not rely on self-report, including proxy reports, health history, and observation of pain behaviors. However, there is little empirical evidence to guide clinicians in weighting or combining these sources to best approximate the person's experience. OBJECTIVES The aim of this exploratory study was to identify a combination of observer-dependent pain indicators that would be significantly… CONTINUE READING

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