Our elderly population is the fastest-growing segment of
society, and pain, particularly chronic pain, is one of the most
common problems this group faces.
In "Managing Pain in the Older Adult," Dr. Jansen provides
treatment options designed for older adults. Controlling pain can
be challenging as the elderly, in addition to the common
physiologic changes of aging, often have multiple health problems
and take many medications. Furthermore, drugs are only rarely
tested on older adults, so pharmaceutical intervention often relies
on a slow trial and error regime. Drawing on her experience in
critical care and neuroscience nursing as well as work as a GNP,
Dr. Jansen adopts a multimodality approach to focus on the
assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic pain
among older adults with interventional, non-interventional,
pharmacotherapeutic, and nonpharmacotherapeutic methods.
"Managing Pain in the Older Adult" addresses a myriad of factors
pertaining exclusively to pain management among the elderly,
including: The importance of early recognition of pain symptoms
Environmental factors that influence pain and its perception
Specific issues involved when treating the elderly
Non-pharmaceutical treatments: physical therapy, acupuncture, and
other complementary techniques Lack of resources for treating pain
in the aged
The book will serve as an invaluable reference for a wide range
of health care providers working with our aging population.
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