Persistent Pain Management in Older Adults
People living in the developed world can now expect to live longer than at any time in history. Although evidence-based practices in modern healthcare routinely promote longevity and save people from the brink of death. The practices believed to prevent pain, and effectively manage pain in a safe manner, are not routinely implemented. Approximately half of older adults living in the community have persistently painful conditions with more frequently encountered pain during the final months of life. An even greater proportion of older adults living in institutions face this nemesis on a daily basis.
The purpose of this guideline is to assist nurses and other health care providers in the management of persistent pain in older adults through assessment and treatment strategies. Assessment tools include the Brief Pain Inventory, Verbal Numeric Rating Scale, and the Faces Pain Scale. This guideline discusses pain management strategies, both non-pharmacological and pharmacologic and includes an algorithm for assessing pain in the cognitively impaired older adult. Written 2005; Revised 2015.
Toolkit Included in Guideline: