Conflict of Interest Disclosure: The author has received cumulative fees and honoraria exceeding $10,000 over the past three years for consultancy services on behalf of Cephalon and Johnson & Johnson (and affiliates).
Treatment Guidelines for the Pharmacological Management of Pain in Older Persons
Version of Record online: 12 APR 2012
Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Special Issue: Neurobiology and Clinical Implications of Pain and Aging
Volume 13, Issue Supplement s2, pages S57–S66, April 2012
How to Cite
Fine, P. G. (2012), Treatment Guidelines for the Pharmacological Management of Pain in Older Persons. Pain Medicine, 13: S57–S66. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2011.01307.x
- Issue online: 12 APR 2012
- Version of Record online: 12 APR 2012
- Older Patients
Background. Chronic or persistent pain is a common problem in older adults and is often associated with significant physical disability and psychosocial problems. The potential benefits, risks, and costs of pharmacotherapy as a mainstay in the treatment of moderate to severe pain in this population must be well-understood and weighed accordingly. Recent treatment guidelines have been introduced that can guide decision making to optimize pain-related treatment outcomes in older individuals
Objectives and Results. This review article describes and summarizes key evidence-based recommendations that were derived by a committee convened by the American Geriatrics Society in order to provide guidance to optimize pharmacotherapy in the management of persistent pain in older individuals.
Conclusions. It is postulated that ongoing education of clinicians who treat older patients with persistent moderate to severe pain will lead to improved outcomes in this vulnerable population.