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Geriatric Pain 

Geriatric Pain
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Geriatric Pain
Author(s):

Elizabeth Huntoon

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190217518.003.0027
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date: 23 October 2019

Advances in health care have provided improved longevity and daily functioning in many elderly individuals; however, the increase in longevity contributes to the complexity of caring for elderly pain patients. Many elderly pain patients are undertreated as a result of inadequate pain assessment, cognitive limitations, or physiologic processes. Therefore, it is imperative to have an awareness and understanding of how the aging process affects the body. The treatment of pain in the elderly includes a variety of pain medications that are commonly used in other age groups but must be approached with caution in older patients due to the differences caused by age-related physiologic changes as well as psychological and socioeconomic differences. The International Association for the Study of Pain has published a comprehensive review of issues related to pain in the elderly.

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