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Trauma of dementia patients unable to speak of their pain.

Byline: MARTIN BAGOT

BY MARTIN BAGOT Health Correspondent THOUSANDS of dementia patients are suffering in silence as they cannot tell doctors they are in pain, a study found.

Researchers followed 230 dementia patients and, by questioning them and noting their body language, found 35% of those with delirium were in pain, but unable to tell anyone.

Pain is a leading cause of delirium in those with dementia, who make up 40% of patients on acute hospital wards. Delirium is a state of confusion, which often leaves patients frightened and distressed.

University College London research found 49% of the patients studied were suffering pain while resting, and delirium developed in 15%.

Dr Doug Brown, of the Alzheimer's Society, said: "We now need to take steps to ensure that all healthcare professionals have the right training to identify such distress."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 30, 2018
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