Treatment of chronic non-malignant pain in the elderly: safety considerations.
Jonathan Bruce Barber, Stephen J Gibson
Drug Safety | Published : 2009
Non-malignant pain in the elderly is frequently under-treated, with physicians appearing to be uncertain concerning how best to achieve optimum management of this common problem in individual cases. The aim of this review is to provide a brief overview and discuss the variety of interacting factors that contribute to the continuing under-treatment of chronic non-malignant pain in the older population. The central objective is to encourage safer and more effective pain management in a population that is highly vulnerable to painful conditions and to the consequences of poorly treated pain. Under-treatment of pain as experienced by the elderly is largely a consequence of uncertainties that ari..View full abstract