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Assessment and management of pain in older adults 

Assessment and management of pain in older adults
Assessment and management of pain in older adults

Pat Schofield

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date: 25 September 2021

Key points

Chronic persistent pain affects at least 50% of community-dwelling older adults.

Physiological changes that occur as a result of the ageing process need to be considered when dealing with pain in the older adult.

Assessment of pain can be complicated when the older adult is unable to articulate their pain; for example, in the presence of cognitive impairment.

Much of the research into pain management has been carried out among the younger population and simply translated across.

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