An Exploration of Seniors' Ability to Report Pain
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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability of a group of elderly residents to use self-report methods to measure their pain in an accurate fashion. Using a comparative descriptive design, completion rates of three pain assessment tools and the self-report skills of a sample of 130 long-term care residents with varying levels of cognitive impairment were evaluated. The majority of residents with mild to moderate cognitive impairment were able to complete at least one of the verbal pain assessment tools, with the Present Pain Intensity and Numerical Rating Scales being the preferred choices for use in clinical settings. However, the Faces Pain Scale appeared to be more challenging for residents to complete, suggesting that it requires further testing before it can be recommended for clinical use.
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