Partnering to cope with pain: A pilot study of a caregiver-assisted pain coping skills intervention for patients with cognitive impairment and dementia

Journal Article

AbstractObjectiveTo develop a new caregiver-assisted pain coping skills training protocol specifically tailored for community-dwelling persons with cognitive impairment and pain, and assess its feasibility and acceptability.MethodIn Phase I, we conducted interviews with 10 patient–caregiver dyads to gather feedback about intervention content and delivery. Phase II was a single-arm pilot test to evaluate the intervention's feasibility and acceptability. Dyads in the pilot study (n = 11) completed baseline surveys, received five intervention sessions, and then completed post-intervention surveys. Analyses focused on feasibility and acceptability.ResultsDyads responded positively to the pain coping skills presented in the interviews; their feedback was used to refine the intervention. Findings from the pilot study suggested that the intervention was feasible and acceptable. 69% of eligible dyads consented, 82% completed all five intervention sessions, and 100% completed the post-treatment assessment. Caregivers reported high satisfaction ratings. They also reported using the pain coping skills on a regular basis, and that they found most of the skills helpful and easy to use.Significance of resultsThese preliminary findings suggest that a caregiver-assisted pain coping skills intervention is feasible and acceptable, and that it may be a promising approach to managing pain in patients with cognitive impairment.

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Cited Authors

  • Porter, LS; Weiner, DK; Ramos, K; Barnes, DE; Schmader, KE; Gwyther, L; Ritchie, CS; Keefe, FJ

Published Date

  • December 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 785 - 793

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1478-9523

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1478-9515

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s1478951521001747


  • en