Assessment and management of pain in the older adult

Cynthia A. Yonan, Stephen T. Wegener

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Objective: To discuss the unique issues related to pain in older adults and to outline methods for assessment and treatment of geriatric pain. Synthesis: A model for pain assessment and treatment in the older adult is presented. Existing data indicate that cognitive-behavioral treatments are effective for pain management in older adults, although modifications in treatment procedures may be needed to optimize treatment outcome. Conclusion: Geriatric pain is an understudied and undertreated problem. Multidisciplinary assessment and treatment should focus on pain reduction, relieving emotional distress, and improving function, with the ultimate goal of reducing disability and improving quality of life. Severe, disabling pain is not part of normal aging and should be assessed and treated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-13
Number of pages10
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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