CE Article: Pain in Persons With Developmental Disabilities
Joyce M. Engel, PhD, OT, FAOTA
Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)
Pain is often under recognized and therefore under treated in the developmental disabilities (DD) population. This article introduces the topic of pain in individuals with DD and summarizes the findings of a literature review of pain descriptions, evaluations, and interventions for persons with DD experiencing pain. A major goal of this article is to assist occupational therapists in making informed decisions about what evaluation strategies and interventions are best suited for persons with DD presenting with a variety of pain complaints.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
- Recognize the nature and scope of chronic recurrent pain in individuals with developmental disabilities (DD).
- Choose pain assessments for the DD population.
- Identify biopsychosocial interventions for pain.
Learning Level: Intermediate
Target audience: Occupational therapists and occupational
Content: 1: Client Factors; 2: Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention
Engel, J., (2011). Pain in Persons With
Developmental Disabilities. OT Practice, 16(11), CE-1–CE-8.
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