Principles of pain management in older people.

B. A. Ferrell, B. R. Ferrell

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The management of chronic pain should be a priority in geriatric care. Pain is a common problem that has tremendous potential to influence the physical function and quality of life of elderly people during their remaining years. Much research and education is still needed to further our understanding of pain and its management among elderly people. Existing pain management strategies should be tailored for the special needs of the geriatric population. Applications of "high tech" pain management strategies, such as morphine pumps and chronic spinal infusions, need to be clarified for older people. Finally, family and caregiver considerations should be included in chronic pain management strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-58
Number of pages6
JournalComprehensive therapy
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 1991

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  • Medicine(all)


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