Pain assessment in cognitive impairment

Peter Passmore*, Emma Cunningham

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Pain may adversely affect cognition through its effects on mood and sleep, and chronic pain has been associated with brain atrophy. Studies suggest that chronic pain is undertreated in cognitively impaired people. Pain assessment should involve direct enquiry with the patient; where this is not possible, a proxy history from a caregiver or nurse should be obtained, and observational scales may also be useful. This report is adapted from paineurope 2014; Issue 1,

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-307
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
Issue number3
Early online date28 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014


  • Assessment
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dementia
  • Geriatrics
  • Pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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