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Managing Pain in the Older Adult : SPRINGER - Michaelene P. Jansen

Managing Pain in the Older Adult


By: Michaelene P. Jansen (Editor)

Paperback Published: 20th March 2008
ISBN: 9780826115676
Number Of Pages: 248

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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.

Contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Background Information
Pain in Older Adultsp. 3
Age-Related Changes in Perception of Painp. 4
Physiology of Painp. 5
Summaryp. 14
Common Pain Syndromes in Older Adultsp. 17
Musculoskeletal Painp. 18
Neuropathic Pain Syndromesp. 24
Summaryp. 31
Pain Assessment in the Older Adultp. 35
Comprehensive Pain Assessment Instrumentsp. 36
Summaryp. 49
Pain Behaviors in the Older Adultp. 55
Pain Behaviorsp. 55
Influence of Family Membersp. 57
Summaryp. 61
Relationship of Pain and Sleep in Older Adultsp. 63
Normal Sleepp. 63
Sleep Disorders in Older Adultsp. 67
Relationship Between Pain and Sleepp. 69
Conclusionp. 79
Multidisciplinary Approach to Pain Management in the Older Adult
Multimodality Approach to Pain Managementp. 85
Developing a Comprehensive Pain Management Planp. 86
Summaryp. 90
Physical Therapyp. 93
Treatment Modalitiesp. 94
Summaryp. 115
Mind-Body and Energy Therapiesp. 123
Therapy Overviewsp. 126
Summaryp. 137
Pharmacologic Treatmentp. 151
Pharmacokineticsp. 152
Managing Pain With Pharmacotherapeutic Agentsp. 153
Summaryp. 169
Interventional Therapiesp. 173
Interventional Therapiesp. 174
Advanced Treatment Optionsp. 177
Summaryp. 187
Adaptations to Improve Functionp. 191
The Role of Occupational Therapists and Assistantsp. 192
Adapting the Environmentp. 193
General Guidelines for Activities and Tasksp. 200
Resourcesp. 200
Reimbursementp. 201
Challenges to Treating Older Adults Living With Persistent Painp. 205
Barriersp. 205
Educationp. 209
Future Research and Treatmentp. 211
Summaryp. 212
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9780826115676
ISBN-10: 0826115675
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 20th March 2008
Publisher: Springer Publishing Co Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34

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