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Assessing Pain in Adults with Intellectual Disability: a Descriptive and Qualitative Evaluation of Ratings and Impressions Among Care-Providers

Authors
  • Rothschild, Allison Weiss1
  • Ricciardi, Joseph N.1
  • Luiselli, James K.2
  • 1 Seven Hills Community Services, 81 Hope Avenue, Worcester, MA, 01603, USA , Worcester (United States)
  • 2 Melmark New England, Andover, MA, USA , Andover (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Feb 15, 2019
Volume
31
Issue
2
Pages
219–230
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10882-019-09663-7
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

Research has documented that pain and physical discomfort commonly occur in persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). However, many individuals are unable to communicate their distress and achieve symptom relief. The present study was a descriptive and qualitative evaluation of care providers to identify how they detected pain in the adults they supported at a human services organization including the type of pain indicators and influence of communication ability on reliably reporting pain. The study combined quantitative and qualitative ratings within a cross-validation descriptive methodology that also elicited care provider recommendations for improving pain assessment. We report findings, summarize common themes, and suggest future directions for clinical practice and research.

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