Patients with dementia who have had a hip fracture and their carers are being asked to take part in a special workshop at The James Cook University Hospital.
Previous research has shown that dementia patients receiving treatment for a hip fracture may get a third of the amount of pain relief than those who don’t have the condition.
This is thought to be because people with dementia or a cognitive illness may be less able to communicate to their carers – and the clinicians looking after them in hospital – that they are in pain.
Rachel Clarkson, a team leader for the Local Clinical Research Network, said: “We know patients with hip fractures have severe pain but there’s an added issue for dementia patients as they might not necessarily understand, or be able to verbalise, their pain.
“We want to carry out some research looking at pain assessment and the best way to take treatment forward, but first I need to find out from patients and their carers what outcomes are really important to them.”
A two-hour patient and public involvement workshop has now been arranged by Rachel and some of the orthopaedic surgeons in the David Kenward Lecture Theatre, LRI Institute, at the hospital on Friday 4 December between 10am and midday.
Reasonable travel costs will be subsidised and anyone interested in going along should contact research nurse Alanna Milne on 01642 854954.