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How effective is pain management and assessment in patients with cognitive impairment as a result of dementia?

Davies, Emily 2012. How effective is pain management and assessment in patients with cognitive impairment as a result of dementia? [Taught Course Thesis]. Bachelor, Cardiff University.
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Abstract

The average human being is living longer than ever before, due to advances in such areas as medicine, healthcare, living conditions and diet for example. However, despite the fact our bodies have become more robust and better looked after it appears they are out living the human brain. Life expectancy is not the only figure which has increased, incidence rates for dementia among the population have also significantly increased. A lack of understanding of dementia has resulted in many patients experiencing unnecessary pain because of a failure to correctly identify and assess the atypical symptoms they present and intervene accordingly. It is imperative to educate nursing staff with effective assessment techniques so they are both able to act in the patients best interests, and correctly identify and treat pain- which results in and improved quality of life. From conducting a literature review on ‘how effective is pain management and assessment in patients with cognitive impairments as a result of dementia’, it became apparent that the current research available failed to provide a definite solution as to how to relieve all dementia patients of pain. However it does provide an explanation as to why this is extremely difficult to achieve, and that it is likely that one definitive answer will never exist due to the complicated and unpredictable nature of the disease. The aim of this dissertation is to improve the quality of life of dementia patients, by ensuring those who suffer with pain maintain their dignity through finding and developing an effective technique to correctly assess and manage that pain.

Item Type: Taught Course Thesis
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Additional Information: This dissertation is only available to Cardiff University staff and students.
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 23:16
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/45431

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