An interdisciplinary expert consensus statement on assessment of pain in older persons

Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Keela Herr, Dennis C. Turk, Perry G. Fine, Robert H. Dworkin, Robert Helme, Kenneth Jackson, Patricia A. Parmelee, Thomas E. Rudy, B. Lynn Beattie, John T. Chibnall, Kenneth D. Craig, Betty Ferrell, Bruce Ferrell, Roger B. Fillingim, Lucia Gagliese, Romayne Gallagher, Stephen J. Gibson, Elizabeth L. Harrison, Benny KatzFrancis J. Keefe, Susan J. Lieber, David Lussier, Kenneth E. Schmader, Raymond C. Tait, Debra K. Weiner, Jaime Williams

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This paper represents an expert-based consensus statement on pain assessment among older adults. It is intended to provide recommendations that will be useful for both researchers and clinicians. Contributors were identified based on literature prominence and with the aim of achieving a broad representation of disciplines. Recommendations are provided regarding the physical examination and the assessment of pain using self-report and observational methods (suitable for seniors with dementia). In addition, recommendations are provided regarding the assessment of the physical and emotional functioning of older adults experiencing pain. The literature underlying the consensus recommendations is reviewed. Multiple revisions led to final reviews of 2 complete drafts before consensus was reached.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S1-S43
JournalClinical Journal of Pain
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Assessment
  • Dementia
  • Elderly
  • Older adults
  • Pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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