‘Suffering in Silence?’ What are the accounts of acute care nurses of managing pain in persons with dementia at the end of life? I
Pain is highly prevalent amongst people with dementia, particularly in the end stages of life. Existing literature shows that there are significant barriers preventing nurses from effectively managing pain for this patient population. The research proposal was developed from a lack of literature regarding acute care nurses’ experiences of this. The research aims to explore the accounts of acute care nurses of managing pain in persons with dementia at the end of life. It will explore nurses’ experiences, perceived effectiveness and the factors influencing nurses’ abilities. Through a phenomenological approach, twelve registered nurses will be interviewed twice over a six month period using a semi-structured method. Multiple analysers will be utilised through coding and thematic analysis alongside member checking, in order to prevent inaccurate interpretation of findings. Ethical considerations have been included in the proposal, as well as discussion of rigour and potential limitations of the study. It is hoped that this proposal will benefit both patient and nurse experience by identification of areas for further development. This will ultimately help individuals with dementia to be comfortable and as pain free as possible at the end of their life. The proposal has the potential to contribute to further research regarding pain management in dementia.