Pain in People with I/DD

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are more likely to experience behavioral and physical health comorbidities, and thus might be more likely to experience pain. Self-reporting is often used to assess pain but people with I/DD can experience challenges with self-reporting pain or exhibit differences in how they express pain.[1] The following resources explore how pain is assessed and managed with people with I/DD. The resources provide promising practices for supporting people with I/DD in assessing pain and identifying subsequent interventions.

Understanding Principles of Pain among People with I/DD

Explore these resources to better understand principles of pain and strategies for assessing pain among people with I/DD.

Implementing Pain Management Supports for People with I/DD

Use these resources to understand promising practices for implementing pain management supports for people with I/DD.

[1] Baldridge, K. H. & Andrasik, F. (2010). Pain Assessment in People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities. American Journal of Nursing, 110(12), 28-35.