Pain in Older Persons

Pain in Older Persons

by Stephen J. Gibson
     
 

As the world's population grows steadily older, medical practitioners, scientists,and educators are beginning to turn more attention to the problem of pain and its undertreatment in older adults. In the nine years since IASP published Pain in the Elderly (B.R. Ferrell and B.A. Ferrell, editors), the field has flourished, learning more about the neurobiology of pain

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As the world's population grows steadily older, medical practitioners, scientists,and educators are beginning to turn more attention to the problem of pain and its undertreatment in older adults. In the nine years since IASP published Pain in the Elderly (B.R. Ferrell and B.A. Ferrell, editors), the field has flourished, learning more about the neurobiology of pain in older adults, discovering new ways to treat pain, and identifying areas whose further development will substantively improve the care of older adult pain patients. This volume highlights major new accomplishments in such areas as the neurobiology of pain, age-related psychological and cognitive differences in pain perception, and the assessment of pain in cognitively intact and cognitively impaired older persons. Treatments such as oral analgesics, physical therapy techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy, complementary and alternative medicine applications, and multidisciplinary pain management clinics are discussed, as are low back pain, neuropathic pain, postoperative pain, and end-of-life issues. This volume not only will help to update the field as a whole, but will also stimulate new thinking and development in this critical area.

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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored book about pain in older persons is Volume 35 of the series Progress in Pain Management and Research, published under the aegis of the International Association for the Study of Pain.
Purpose: Its purpose is to summarize the state-of-the-art in understanding pain in older persons — what about it is different and how to use knowledge of geriatrics as well to effectively assess and treat pain in older persons.
Audience: The audience here is wide ranging — physicians who treat older persons, pain treatment centers, and the multidisciplinary team that provides treatment of pain in older persons. The authors here are all leading experts in the field and bring together a broad range of expertise.
Features: The book is divided into three parts: the nature of pain in older persons; assessment and treatment of pain in older persons; and common pain syndromes in older persons. The comprehensiveness of the discussion in all three of these areas is excellent, with excellent algorithms and annotations. A useful addition might be a discussion of what factors contribute to poor assessment and treatment of pain in older persons.
Assessment: The preface notes the lack of discussion of pain in most geriatric medicine curricula; what a true statement this is. This book is therefore a most welcome addition to the literature. It has depth, lucidity, and practical information that should fill the gaps in the approach to assessing and managing pain in older persons. Good relief of pain translates into such great improvement in quality of life that a fundamental understanding of pain in the elderly should be in the repertoire of every good geriatrician. Thus this book will enjoy the wide readership it deserves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780931092596
Publisher:
International Association for the Study of Pain/IASP Press
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Series:
Progress in Pain Research and Management Ser.
Pages:
432

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