Pain management in older people: the changes you can make to improve quality of life
Guidance is due to be updated, but addressing patients’ needs starts with a thorough pain assessment. Here's what you need to know
As the older population of the UK increases, we are seeing an increase in older adults experiencing poorly controlled chronic pain.
There are a number of difficulties when dealing with pain in this group, including fear of using drugs, belief that pain is part of ageing, belief that healthcare professionals are ‘the experts’, not wanting to complain and restrictions associated with reporting pain due to the time-limited consultations.
The factors that hinder pain assessment
Pain assessment is the fundamental first step in the process and national guidelines were published in 2018 to aid this. But often management is hindered by:
- Lack of evidence supporting approaches applied in this group.
- Comorbidities that
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