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Management of Chronic Pain in the Geriatric Unit 

Management of Chronic Pain in the Geriatric Unit
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Management of Chronic Pain in the Geriatric Unit
Author(s):

Bruce Vrooman

and Kathy Travnicek

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199349302.003.0012
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date: 18 October 2019

This chapter examines the management of pain in hospitalized elderly patients. Pain in the geriatric population tends to be persistent and multifactorial in nature. Persistent pain is not an inevitable part of aging and should be treated with nonpharmacological and pharmacological methods with the goals of increasing function, improving sleep, and helping mood. Hospital staff and nurses need to know how to assess and monitor pain and provide appropriate therapy for their geriatric patients during these patients’ stay in the hospital. They also need to have good knowledge of relevant drug interactions for this population. Physicians should do everything possible to provide appropriate pain relief for older adults in the hospital and need to recognize barriers to effective pain management.

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