Quality of Life and Pain Medication Use in Persons With Advanced Dementia Living in Long-Term Care Facilities

April 11, 2019

In residents with dementia living in a long-term care facility (LTCF), un(der)treated pain may trigger behavioral disturbances, mood syndromes, and deterioration of physical functioning and self-maintenance. Because these factors can have considerable impact on the quality of life (QoL), this study aimed to (1) compare characteristics of persons with advanced dementia living in LTCFs with and without pain medication; (2) compare QoL in these persons with and without pain, stratified by type of pain medication use; and (3) explore associations between the use of paracetamol and QoL in persons with advanced dementia living in LTCFs.