Journal article

Pain in older persons.

SJ Gibson, B Katz, TM Corran, MJ Farrell, RD Helme

Disabil Rehabil | Published : 1994


Chronic pain is more prevalent in older persons than in young adults. In this review the physiological, pathological, and psychological reasons for altered pain sensibility in older persons are explored and strategies for the management of pain in older persons described. The evidence suggests that altered physiology of peripheral and central pain mechanisms combine with psychological attitudes, such as stoicism and reluctance to confirm the presence of pain, to raise pain threshold. However, once pain is experienced, older persons describe the same severity, quality, and psychological disturbance as younger persons. There is some evidence to suggest that the complaint of pain in the presenc..

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