Systematic pain management reduced agitation in nursing home residents with dementia

Hirsch, Calvin
November 2011
ACP Journal Club;11/15/2011, Vol. 155 Issue 5, p8
Academic Journal
The article presents a study which examined whether systematic use of analgesics reduce agitation in nursing home residents with moderate-to-severe dementia. Results showed that agitation and pain scores were lower in the pain management group compared with the usual care group at week 8. It is concluded that systematic use of analgesics in nursing home residents studied reduced agitation during treatment but not after treatment was stopped.


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