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Mobilizing Knowledge about Effective Assessment of Pain in People with Moderate to Severe Dementia

Updated: Aug 27, 2021

As part of the Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education, Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos presented a part of an international webinar with a focus of strengths and challenges of continuing pain education for long-term care staff who work with older adults who have dementia. The presentation covers continuing education using face-to-face workshops, video and interactive-web based training.

Although very common, persistent pain in moderate to severe dementia is underrecognized and undermanaged, often with tragic consequences for quality of life. The challenges in recognizing pain in dementia relate to limitations in ability to communicate the subjective experience of pain due to cognitive impairment. Effective ways of evaluating pain in this population are available but not widely implemented in largely due to resource constraints and gaps in continuing health care staff education. Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Ph.D. was recently invited to present over Zoom to the Alzheimers Society of Alberta and North West Territories. You can see Dr. Thomas’ s segment in the video below - it runs for just over 50 minutes in total - from 4:15 to 55:20min of the presentation.

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Dr. Hadjistavropoulos is an international leader in the area of pain assessment in dementia and has shown leadership in the promotion of the health sciences at the local, national and international level. He is the Research Chair in Aging and Health, Director of the Centre on Aging and Health and Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He served as the 2007 President of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).


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