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How can chronic pain be managed in older people?

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Managing chronic pain in older people

Author

Patricia Schofield is professor of nursing at University of Greenwich, and lead of the guideline development group.

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • What the available literature says about pain management in older people
  • Advice on suitable pharmacological interventions
  • Guidance on non-pharmacological pain management

 

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

Pain management in general and alternatives to giving analgesics to manage pain.

It gives an excellent overview of the guidelines to pain management that could be helpful to reference in essays on older people’s nursing.

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

As the majority of nurses will care for older people during their career, this article is likely to be useful for anyone studying nursing.

As the article says, pain is thought to affect the majority (80%) of older adults living in care homes so this article could help you if on placement at a care home or in the community, as well as placements on older people’s inpatient units.

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

What alternatives are there to pharmacological pain relief?

STUDENT NT DECODER

  • Pharmacological interventions

Treatments involving medication.

  • Interventional therapies

Refers to treatment using generally non-invasive or minimally invasive methods. These therapies tend to be offered in outpatient clinics due to short recovery time.

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