Pain Management 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 managing pain in the person living with dementia. This session provides follow up to the pain assessment session. An overview of options for individualized pain care will be provided, focusing on the importance of analgesic trials, communication, and documenting results.
- Discuss overarching principles of pain management for persons living with dementia.
- Articulate at least two evidence-based non-pharmacological approaches for addressing pain.
- Identify best-practice strategies in the pharmacological management of pain.
- Describe the appropriate use of an analgesic trial.
- Competently use a universal tool to enhance communication among health care providers
Kristen 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.