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The objective of this study was to establish the feasibility and initial effectiveness of training and support intervention for care staff to improve pain management in people with dementia living in care homes (PAIN-Dem).PAIN-Dem training was delivered to care staff from three care homes in South London, followed by intervention support and resources to encourage improved pain management by staff over 4 weeks. Feasibility was assessed through fidelity to intervention materials and qualitative approaches. Focus group discussions with staff explored the use of the PAIN-Dem intervention, and interviews were held with six residents and family carers. Pain was assessed in all residents at baseline, 3 and 4 weeks, and goal attainment scaling was assessed at 4 weeks.Delivery of training was a key driver for success and feasibility of the PAIN-Dem intervention. Improvements in pain management behaviour and staff confidence were seen in homes where training was delivered in a care home setting across the care team with good manager buy-in. Family involvement in pain management was highlighted as an area for improvement. Goal attainment in residents was significantly improved across the cohort, although no significant change in pain was seen.This study shows good initial feasibility of the PAIN-Dem intervention and provides valuable insight into training and support paradigms that deliver successful learning and behaviour change. There is a need for a larger trial of PAIN-Dem to establish its impact on resident pain and quantifiable staff behaviour measures. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Original publication

DOI

10.1002/gps.4727

Type

Journal article

Journal

International journal of geriatric psychiatry

Publication Date

01/2018

Volume

33

Pages

221 - 231

Addresses

Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases, King's College London, London, UK.

Keywords

Humans, Dementia, Pain, Pain Measurement, Focus Groups, Feasibility Studies, Self Efficacy, Quality of Life, Education, Medical, Inservice Training, Aged, Caregivers, Health Personnel, Nursing Homes, London, Female, Male, Pain Management