Seminar a success! The Problem of Pain in Persons with Dementia: The Challenges of Assessment and Management

The deVeber Institute presents an Educational Series on Palliative Care

The Problem of Pain in Persons with Dementia:

The Challenges of Assessment and Management

Held on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014   12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Participants explored the following topics:

The Ethics of Pain Management in Long-Term Care

Collaborative Care: “Standard Care versus Nice to Have”

Barriers and Challenges:

·                     A Case Study – Jean Echlin, R.N., M.S.N.  

·                     Findings of a Systematic Review – Kathy Pfaff, R.N., Ph.D.

In Pursuit of Interprofessional Care - A Client-Centered Protocol   (Facilitated in break-out groups):

·                     An exploration of opportunities

·                     Creating champions and leadership for change

This event was a great success and included members of the palliative care community: nurses, hospice workers, support staff, chaplains, caregivers and volunteers. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!

A video DVD of this event is being prepared and will be ready by August 2014.

To order your copy please contact us at 416-256-0555 or email us at


Kathy Pfaff BSc. N., M Sc. N., PhD, RN.

Dr. Pfaff is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Windsor. She shares interests in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches to research design. Her ongoing teaching and research interests include nursing philosophy, evidence-based practice, healthy aging, and palliative care. Dr. Pfaff’s most recent work examines the transitioning of new graduate nurses to interprofessional collaboration and the impact of patient-based funding approaches on the roles of health care professionals within Ontario's health care system. She is a champion for interprofessional care and seeks to equip health care providers with practical tools and strategies to achieve success and leadership in interprofessional care.

Jean Echlin, R.N., M.S.N., is a pioneer in hospice Palliative Care.

Currently she works as an independent nurse consultant in Palliative Care & Gerontology. She serves as an adjunct associate professor, faculty of nursing, University of Windsor. Jean is a three time award winner in nursing, receiving two awards in 2013: included were the International Honour Society of Nursing--Tau Upsilon Chapter’s “Outstanding Nurse Clinician/Community Leader” award and the Windsor-Essex Chapter of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario’s “Award of Distinction 2013.” In 2004 the Ontario Palliative Care Association (now Hospice Palliative Care Ontario) recognized her 26 year contribution by selecting her for the prestigious “Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence” for her part in “fostering the true spirit of Palliative Care in Ontario.” She is recognized as a distinguished public speaker, educator and free-lance writer. Jean serves on the Advisory Council of the deVeber Institute of Bioethics and Social Research.

The Problem of Pain in Persons with Dementia Seminar Poster.pdf198.07 KB
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