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The management of pain in older people


Veal, F and Ng, K, The management of pain in older people, Features and Assessments of Pain, Anaesthesia, and Analgesia, Elsevier Ltd., R Rajendram, VR Preedy, VP Patel and CR Martin (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 27-35. ISBN 9780128189887 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-818988-7.00008-X


Pain is common throughout life, with virtually everyone experiencing at least one episode of acute pain. However, the prevalence of chronic or persistent pain is less common, with about 20% of the world’s population living with chronic pain (Dahlhamer et al., 2016). The prevalence of chronic pain increases up to the age of 85 years, after which it begins to decline (Fayaz, Croft, Langford, Donaldson, & Jones, 2016; Meana, Cho, & DesMeules, 2004; Schofield, 2018). Up to 40% of older people (aged 65 years or older) experience chronic pain, and up to 80% of aged care facility residents experience persistent pain (Gibson, 2007; Schofield et al., 2019).

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:older people, chronic pain, management, analgesics, assessment, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pain perception
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Human pain management
UTAS Author:Veal, F (Dr Felicity Veal)
ID Code:148940
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2022-02-23
Last Modified:2022-07-15

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