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Policy makers

Policy Makers

Provincial and federal government personnel involved in health policy creation and others involved in setting standards and guidelines for health care delivery

Pain is very common in long-term care (LTC) settings. Despite the frequency of pain in older adults with dementia, pain is often underassessed and undertreated. Although the current policy in most Canadian jurisdictions requires conducting LTC pain assessments at minimum every 3 months, this is not sufficient. Often times, pain assessments rely heavily on subjective staff opinion rather than systematic observation of pain behaviours. Policies should be amended to increase pain assessment frequency (to at least once a week and more often when pain is suspected).

 

In fact, research has demonstrated that pain assessment frequency, using validated tools, can increase with minimal impact on existing LTC resources. Policy change is needed to improve pain care in LTC settings. 

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How You Can Help

There are two ways to help. Simply fill out a short questionnaire OR sign up to participate in an interview, and make a difference in the lives of people living with dementia.

HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL

Health Care Providers or professionals, Professional caregivers, and Health care Administrators 

PATIENTS & FAMILY

People with dementia and their family

members/caregivers 

RESEARCHERS

Researchers working in the field of dementia and cognitive decline

THANK YOU

We thank the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SPCOR), Canadian Association on Gerontology, the Chronic Pain Network, the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, AGE-WELL NCE and all other organizations and people who are helping us increase awareness of the problem of pain in dementia. 

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Contact

Email: 

seepainmoreclearly@uregina.ca

Address: Department of Psychology University of Regina
Regina, SK S4S 0A2 Canada 

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