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Can Parents Assess Dental Pain in Children with Cognitive Impairment?

  • Sumer MAlaki1,*,

1Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

DOI: 10.17796/jcpd.34.4.p40419378417352m Vol.34,Issue 4,July 2010 pp.313-316

Published: 01 July 2010

*Corresponding Author(s): Sumer MAlaki E-mail: sum@umich.edu sumeralaki@msn.com

Abstract

It is often said that the "gold standard" for pain assessment in both children and adults is verbal report. This means that the individual is best at describing his or her pain experience. This however does not take into account individuals who lack the ability to communicate their feelings including those with cognitive immaturity such as infants and very young children, people with cognitive impairment and adults with dementia. This is even complicated by the fact that children who experience the most pain are those who are least able to verbally describe it; those with greater physical and cognitive disability. This paper reviews past and current beliefs on the experience and expression of pain in children with cognitive impairment and how parents can be used as useful tools in diagnosing their pain.

Keywords

children, special health care needs, pain, cognitive impairment, parents

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Sumer MAlaki. Can Parents Assess Dental Pain in Children with Cognitive Impairment?. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2010. 34(4);313-316.

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