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Managing Chronic Pain in Older Adults, In Brief and At Length

Managing Chronic Pain in Older Adults, In Brief and At Length

Reid MC, Eccleston C, Pillemer K. Management of chronic pain in older adults. BMJ. 2015; 350:h532 http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h532.


How detailed should a pain assessment be, in the limited time of an chronic pain
office visit?

These authors (a UK pain specialist and two Americans in geriatrics) recommend standard validated assessment tools, many of which patients can fill out for themselves.

Their comprehensive and useful review is evidence-based, up-to-date, and covers the full range of pain management issues, with selected resources for further information.

Unfortunately, the evidence base is limited.

(Click here for the recommended pain assessment scales.)

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