Pain research has long relied on methods like the McGill Pain Questionnaire, which helps doctors treat pain by prompting patients to attach a certain vocabulary and meaning to it.
But people with Alzheimer’s can be robbed of the cognitive ability to communicate their pain—leaving caretakers scrambling to find the source.
Some 30 tools or methods to assess pain in people with dementia, but evidence of their effectiveness is limited, and research shows most GPs don’t use them.
The new Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative aims to open up access to tools to help prevent symptoms and slow progression of the disease. It's largely aimed at helping low- and middle-income countries, home to more than two thirds of families impacted by Alzheimer’s,
1 of its goals is linking global clinical trials systems around the world to expedite research into disease-modifying and prevention drugs. SciDev.Net