Pain Assessment in Dementia: One Person at a Time
Using a lecture format with case studies to provide clinical examples, the content in this session will cover key components of assessing pain in the person living with dementia. Clinically feasible, evidence-based observational tools will be discussed, promoting a team approach to addressing pain in this unique population.
- Participants will be able to identify three specific barriers common to health care providers associated with pain assessment in persons living with dementia.
- Participants will be able to list behavioral symptoms associated with pain.
- Participants will gain awareness of two evidence-based tools for observing and documenting individual pain-related behaviors.
- Participants will be prepared to implement the use of observational tools for monitoring/assessing pain in persons living with dementia.
Kristen Swafford has worked exclusively with the geriatric population in her 14 years of clinical experience in both mental health and nursing. During that time, she walked in the shoes of a mental health professional working with older adults with chronic mental illness and physical disabilities, acne, a floor nurse in a nursing home, and a nurse-manager. It was those experiences that propelled her academic pursuits. After completing a geriatric clinical nurse specialist program at Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Nursing, she earned her doctorate there, with a focus on person-centered ways of caring for people with dementia living in the nursing home setting. Pain management, delivered in person-centered ways, has been Kristen’s passion ever since entering graduate school. She currently contributes as an advocate, educator, consultant, and mom.