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The management of pain in older people

Veal, F ORCID: 0000-0001-9018-1965 and Ng, K 2021 , 'The management of pain in older people', in R Rajendram and VR Preedy and VP Patel and CR Martin (eds.), Features and Assessments of Pain, Anaesthesia, and Analgesia , Elsevier Ltd., United Kingdom, pp. 27-35.

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

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Veal, F and Ng, K
Keywords: older people, chronic pain, management, analgesics, assessment, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pain perception
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
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