Standard Assessment Tools: PAINAD

In this podcast Bob is living in a long term care facility and has dementia. The PAIN AD assessment tool is used to assess Bob as he has become uncooperative with care.


  • 0’00” Start
  • 0’10” Introduction to the role play where Bob in a care facility with advanced dementia
  • 1’20” Definition of PAINAD tool.
  • 2’00” Rating scale
  • 3’05” Gathering information and assessing Bob.
  • 4’49” Summary and reflection on the assessment.
  • 5’25” Using the SBAR to report to the supervisor.
  • 6’33” How was the report? Was there enough information? What could I do differently?
  • 10’13 How can you improve the ways you report information to the care team?
  • 11’25” What happens for Bob after the assessment and report?

Enhancing Comfort and Managing Symptoms, pg 41, in Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care, 2nd Edition, Katherine Murray, 2009.

Study Guide for Nurses, Enhancing comfort and managing symptoms, Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care Workbook, 2009

Standard Tools in Hospice Palliative Care

Written and recorded by Kath Murray, Deb Starck, Christina Foerster. All Rights Reserved, Life and Death Matters 2010.