Aims: To embed the use of the point-of-care pain assessment tool “PainChek™” into the routine practice of Dementia Support Australia (DSA) consultants.
Methodology: Consultants in Western Australia (WA) and South Australia (SA) were involved in the trial which commenced in September 2017. All participants received a three hour-training program, which included didactic sessions on pain-related behaviours and pain assessment in people with dementia, plus hands-on training on the use of the PainChek™ App. Further, a trainer was available to accompany consultants on their initial visits to provide support and advice, and to increase their familiarity with the use of the App. Each consultant was provided with PainChek™ loaded- iPad.
Results: In the first 7 weeks of the trial, 16 consultants (WA: 11, SA: 5) conducted 79 PainChek™ assessments on 65 clients. Of those, 56 (71%) assessments demonstrated the presence of pain (mild: 30, moderate: 19, severe: 7) for which a range of interventions were suggested by the consultants. Feedback from consultants was received through weekly team meetings resulted in a number of initiatives to improve the user experience.Conclusions: Results to-date demonstrate that PainChek™ can be successfully used by consultants delivering care in both aged care facilities and the home.