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2022 Mar 27

Int J Older People Nurs

Which objective itch-assessment tools are applicable to patients with advanced cognitive impairments? A scoping review.


Nitta S, Maeda T, Koudounas S, Minematsu T, Tobe H, Weller C, Sanada H
Int J Older People Nurs. 2022 Mar 27:e12458.
PMID: 35340122.


Itching is an irritating and uncomfortable sensation that has a profound effect on patients' physical and mental health. It is a major under-recognised problem in older patients who cannot express their pain due to advanced cognitive impairment. Therefore, objective itch-assessment tools that do not rely on patients' reports of itching may be of value for this patient group.