Pain assessment in the older population: what the literature says

Schofield, Patricia and Abdulla, Aza (2018) Pain assessment in the older population: what the literature says. Age and Ageing, 47 (3). pp. 324-327. ISSN 1468-2834

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Assessment of pain in the older adult presents a number of challenges, especially related to communication. This commentary summarises the revised evidence-based Guidelines on the Assessment of Pain in Older Adults which have been developed by the British Pain Society and British Geriatrics Society. The guideline summarises the pain assessment tools that have been developed and validated for use in the older population. Recommendations are made for use of specific tools in older people and in those with dementia. The need for education and training of health care professionals is emphasised. Gaps in the evidence are identified as subjects for future research. It is hoped that the guideline will improve recognition of pain in older people, and help to drive the future research agenda.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Ageing, Pain, Communication, Assessment
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Prof Pat Schofield
Date Deposited: 17 May 2018 13:11
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:57

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