Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability Living without Pain

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disability Living without Pain

Article excerpt

Difficulties in pain assessment and scarcity of information regarding the pain experience of individuals with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) have led to undertreatment for this population.

In order to improve pain management for this group of clients, proper evaluation tools needs to be developed and clinically tested. Staffand nursing personnel working with this population should be guided on the subject, and clear pain management procedures should be developed and implemented.

Elwyn residential setting, a sub division of Israel Elwyn in Jerusalem, is the home of 250 residents with a variety of cognitive and functional abilities. Recently the facility decided to embark on a project termed: "life without pain".

The aims of the project are to: enhance staffawareness to the issue of pain in individuals with IDD, to train "pain trusties" in the use of the Non- Communicating Adults Pain Checklist (NCAPC) (an 18 item behavioral scale that has been recently developed and found reliable, valid, sensitive, and clinically feasible to capture pain in adults with IDD), to assess the scales ability to capture chronic pain, and to implement its use in painful situations. …

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