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Pain and Aging: Managing Pain in an Ethnically Diverse Population 

Pain and Aging: Managing Pain in an Ethnically Diverse Population
Pain and Aging: Managing Pain in an Ethnically Diverse Population

Cielito C. Reyes-Gibby

and Guadalupe R. Palos

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date: 19 January 2021

Maintaining optimal physical function and psychological health is a major goal for older adults their families, and their healthcare providers. Yet physical and psychological functioning in aging adults may be impaired by comorbid conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, or cancer. These conditions often cause pain and other debilitating symptoms such as depression, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. The combination of these symptoms might be particularly detrimental to an older person’s quality of life.

Research suggests that older persons and those belonging to diverse ethnic, cultural, or racial minority groups are more likely to receive inadequate management of persistent and acute pain. Projected increases in the number of older persons and in ethnic diversity13 reflect the need to understand the challenges of providing effective pain management to older patients from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

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