Pain Assessment For Older Persons In Nursing Home Care

Authoring Organization

Publication Month/Year

February 1, 2020

Document Type


External Publication Status


Country of Publication


Inclusion Criteria

Female, Male, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Long term care

Intended Users

Social worker, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant


Assessment and screening


nursing home, Pain Assessment


Number of Source Documents
Literature Search Start Date
January 1, 2003
Literature Search End Date
December 31, 2015
Description of External Review Process
37 organizations and patient representatives participated.
Description of Public Comment Process
37 organizations and patient representatives participated.
Specialties Involved
Geriatric Medicine, Post Acute And Long Term Care
Description of Systematic Review
AMDA-PALTC has a clear methodology.
List of Questions
Recommendations were subjected to a structured consensus-finding process with representatives from 37 scientific and professional organizations and patient representatives. The guideline underwent independent peer review before finalization. It comprises 62 recommendations that are grouped into 4 chapters: (1) context of pain assessment in nursing home care; (2) screening; (3) focused assessment; and (4) reassessment/monitoring of pain.
Description of Study Criteria
Inclusion criteria included elderly, long term care, and dementia topics. The following search terms were used: elderly, long term care, nursing home, antipsychotics, behavior management, pharmacological management, addiction, among other criteria.
Description of Search Strategy
Description of Study Selection
Description of Evidence Analysis Methods
Description of Evidence Grading
Description of Recommendation Grading
Description of Funding Source
Company/Author Disclosures