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Sources of Discomfort in Persons With Dementia

Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, PhD, ABPP1,2; Khin Thein, MD2; Marcia S. Marx, PhD2; Maha Dakheel-Ali, MD2; Barbara Jensen, PhD2
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1Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of End of Life, Department of Health Promotion, School of Public Health, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Herczeg Institute on Aging, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
2Innovative Aging Research, Silver Spring, Maryland
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(14):1378-1379. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6483.
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Current methods to assess discomfort often include ratings scales, such as the discomfort scale for Alzheimer disease, which are also used to assess pain.1,2 In this study, we take an alternative approach in which we examine the discomfort in the context of its source.

Article InformationCorresponding Author: Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, PhD, ABPP, Innovative Aging Research, 807 Horton Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20902 (InnovAgingRes@gmail.com).

Published Online: June 3, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6483.

Author Contributions:Study concept and design: Cohen-Mansfield.

Acquisition of data: Thein, Dakheel-Ali.

Analysis and interpretation of data: Cohen-Mansfield, Marx, Jensen.

Drafting of the manuscript: Cohen-Mansfield, Thein.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Cohen-Mansfield, Marx, Dakheel-Ali, Jensen.

Statistical analysis: Cohen-Mansfield, Dakheel-Ali.

Obtained funding: Cohen-Mansfield.

Administrative, technical, and material support: Cohen-Mansfield, Thein.

Study supervision: Cohen-Mansfield. Marx.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Funding/Support: This study was supported by grant R01 AG010172-10A2 from the National Institutes of Health and grant 31583295000 from the Minerva-Stiftung Foundation.



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