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Trauma of dementia patients unable to speak of their pain.


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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