The Ones who Can’t Complain: Recognizing and Alleviating Pain in Persons with Dementia

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23 Aug 2017

This presentation will provide an overview of assessment and treatment of pain and discomfort in cognitively impaired adults is challenging because verbal reports of pain are often unreliable or unobtainable.

The Serial Trial Intervention (STI), described in this presentation, is designed to more accurately assess and treat both physical pain and affective discomfort in people with dementia who are no longer able to clearly or consistently verbalize needs.

Date: Wednesday 23 August 2017

Time: 11:00am – 11:30am (plus 15 mins Q&A) AEST NSW/VIC/TAS/ACT/QLD

10:30am – 11:00am (plus 15 mins Q&A) SA/NT

9:00am – 9:30am (plus 15 mins Q&A) WA

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Professor Christine Kovach

Christine Kovach is a Distinguished Professor at the Jewish Home and Care Center Research Professor in Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing. She is also the Editor of the journal Research in Gerontological Nursing. She has done extensive clinical work and research in long-term care to improve assessment and treatment of people who have dementia and whose problems are underdiagnosed because of their inability to verbally self-report symptoms. She currently is conducting an NIH funded randomized controlled trial on the effectiveness of gabapentin enacarbil to treat nighttime agitation and sleep disturbance in people with Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed with restless legs syndrome. This RCT uses a new method for diagnosing restless legs syndrome in people with Alzheimer’s disease. She has over 100 publications and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America.

If you would like to participate in this 30 minute presentation followed by 15 minute Q & A session, you will need a computer with a speaker connected to the internet.  You do not need a camera or microphone

You will be able to type questions to the presenter during the presentation via a questions window.  The presenter will endeavor to answer as many questions as possible.

A webinar link will be sent via email once registered.

Please Note: Registrations will open in July.


Phone: 07 3138 3822

  • Registrations Open: 01 Aug 2017
  • Registrations Close: 23 Aug 2017
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