Pain assessment and management for people with dementia in the community

Anne-Marie Coll, Rebecca Jones

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People with dementia commonly experience pain, but it is often unrecognised, unrelieved and remains an underlying issue as the condition progresses. As a result, pain management for people with dementia is inadequate. Community nurses have a fundamental role in the assessment and management of pain and in supporting family carers. This article details the causes and effects of pain in people with dementia, explains the components of a holistic approach to individualised pain assessment, and describes various pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions that can be used to manage pain in this population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-68
Number of pages5
JournalNursing Standard
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2023


  • clinical
  • community
  • dementia
  • medicines
  • neurology
  • pain
  • pain assessment
  • pain management
  • pharmacology
  • psychosocial interventions


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