IASP global year against pain in older persons: highlighting the current status and future perspectives in geriatric pain.
Stephen J Gibson
Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics | Published : 2007
This year represents the international year against pain in older persons and it is opportune, therefore, to reflect upon the current status and possible future directions in pain-management practice for this large and growing segment of the population. Epidemiologic studies show a very high prevalence of persistent pain, often exceeding 50% of community-dwelling older persons and up to 80% of nursing home residents. Recently, there has been a major push to develop age-appropriate pain assessment tools, including several observer-rated scales of behavioral pain indicators for use in those with dementia. There has also been the release of several comprehensive guidelines for the assessment an..View full abstract