Approaches to pain assessment
Certificate of Completion
This module provides an introduction to pain in the context of dementia and aims to help health professionals recognise the links between the experience of pain and the presence of responsive behaviour.
This module has prerequisite requirements
Suitable for people working in:
Acute Care, Primary Care
This module is part of the course:
The view from here - acute care
DTA currently uses different terms for behaviour. We will be progressively moving to the term Changed Behaviour in all our content.
Approaches to pain assessment
Before undertaking this module you will need to complete the following:
This is lesson 6 of the course: The View from Here, Skills in Dementia Care for Acute Settings, which encourages health professionals to understand the acute care experience from the viewpoint of a person living with dementia.In this lesson we explore some examples of how pain may be expressed and the challenges in assessing pain in a person with dementia in the acute care setting. You will learn about the hierarchy of pain assessment techniques and the use of a number of pain assessment tools. We also unpack the relationship between pain and responsive behaviours
On completion of this module you should be able to:
Identify the various mechanisms by which pain can be expressed, and the hierarchy of pain assessment
Recognise that regular pain assessment is vital to the management of responsive behaviours
Use formal tools to identify and record pain levels
Continuing Professional Development
A completion certificate for CPD credit is awarded upon successful completion of this module.
The View from Here was developed by:
Frederick Graham, Metro South Health
Sandra Jeavons, Elizabeth Miles and Prof Elizabeth Beattie, Dementia Training Australia, QUT
It is based on a face-to-face education program of the same name previously developed by Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre.
The View from Here has been reviewed by clinicians and academics with expertise in dementia care in acute care settings, delirium management and learning design.
The View from Here was developed with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.
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|Published:||29 Oct 2019|
|Updated:||14 Jul 2023|