Managing pain in older adults this activity is for pharmacy technicians and is sponsored by postgraduate healthcare education llc phe there has been no commercial support for this activity faculty leah sera pharmd ma bcps assistant professor university of maryland school of pharmacy. Chronic pain is one of the most common conditions encountered by healthcare professionals particularly among older 65 years patients 1 pain is associated with substantial disability from reduced mobility avoidance of activity falls depression and anxiety sleep impairment and isolation 1 2 3 its negative effects extend beyond the patient to disrupt both family and social . Managing pain in older adults learning outcomes pain is defined as o the physical feeling caused by disease injury or something that hurts the body o mental or emotional suffering sadness caused by some emotional or mental problem. Untreated pain has large personal emotional and financial costs and more effective multi modal pain management can help reduce the burden that acute and chronic pain place on patients 1 there is evidence that older adults are less likely to receive pain medication in the ed 23 the first step to improving is being aware of the potential . Pain is a common complaint of the elderly as the number of individuals older than 65 years continues to rise frailty and chronic diseases associated with pain will likely increase therefore primary care physicians will face a significant challenge in pain management in older adults
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