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Pain and the functional status of nursing home residents

Amy Laufer Kenefick, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Abstract

The purpose of this study was (1) To develop strategies that can be used to identify pain in elderly nursing home residents; (2) to explore a pain assessment model that includes age, cognition, communication, depression, function, and pain; (3) to understand the distribution of pain among groups defined by age, gender, cognition, communication, depression, function and pain; (4) to predict pain based on measurements of variables in the model; (5) to evaluate the usefulness of functional status as a predictor for pain. ^ The design was descriptive and correlational. The setting was a 200 bed nursing home in western Massachusetts. Subjects were 111 nursing home residents (mean age 78), who were Caucasian, and predominantly female (77.5%). They were impaired in cognition (54%), communication (61%), and function (82%). They experienced moderate to severe depression (28%) and moderate to severe pain (42%). The instrument was the Minimum Data for Nursing Home Resident Assessment and Care Screening (MDS 2.0). ^

Subject Area

Gerontology|Health Sciences, Nursing|Health Sciences, Public Health

Recommended Citation

Amy Laufer Kenefick, "Pain and the functional status of nursing home residents" (January 1, 1999). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. Paper AAI9950171.
http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations/AAI9950171

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