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Existing pain assessment tools for patients with dementia are not appropriate for use in hospital; we need new approaches which improve pain communication and management among patients, carers and staff.

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S José Closs, Dawn Dowding, Nick Allcock, Claire Hulme, John Keady, Elizabeth L Sampson, Michelle Briggs, Anne Corbett, Philip Esterhuizen, John Holmes, Kirstin James, Reena Lasrado, Andrew Long, Elizabeth McGinnis, John O’Dwyer, Caroline Swarbrick & Valentina Lichtner.

S José Closs 1,*, Dawn Dowding 2,3, Nick Allcock 4, Claire Hulme 5, John Keady 6, Elizabeth L Sampson 7, Michelle Briggs 8, Anne Corbett 9, Philip Esterhuizen 1, John Holmes 10, Kirstin James 11, Reena Lasrado 6, Andrew Long 1, Elizabeth McGinnis 12, John O’Dwyer 5, Caroline Swarbrick 6, Valentina Lichtner 1

1 School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
2 School of Nursing, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
3 Center for Home Care Policy and Research, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York, NY, USA
4 Clinical Specialist, Pain Management Solutions, Nottingham, UK
5 Leeds Institute for Health Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
6 School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
7 Division of Psychiatry, University College London, London, UK
8 School of Health and Community Studies, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK
9 Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases, King’s College London, London, UK
10 Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
11 School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, UK
12 Corporate Nursing, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK
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