Tuesday, September 20th
Pain in Special Populations
Pain in Intellectual and Development Disability: Scope of The Problem
The study of pain among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) has not yet gained the sufficient attention it deserves and therefore it is important to raise awareness to the scope of the problem and make efforts to promote optimal care. On the one hand, individuals with IDD are exposed to many factors that increase the risk of both acute and chronic pain. On the other hand, pain may not be easily identified in individuals with IDD and may therefore go untreated. The risks for pain regarding different IDD etiologies will be discussed as well as the challenges that care takers face when trying to recognize pain and quantify its severity, including atypical, and at times paradoxical behaviors that people with IDD present. In addition, the new special interest group on pain in IDD will be presented and its missions and aims will be detailed.