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Managing persistent pain in older people

CPD Hours



Aged care
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This course describes the age-related physiological changes that affect physical functioning, influencing the safety and efficacy of many analgesics. It discusses the adverse effects of certain medications, including opiates, and identifies appropriate pain management interventions in dementia care.

The information provided is based on best available evidence in this area of care and identifies best practice in the assessment and management of persistent pain.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of pain assessment and management in older people.
  • Be able to identify the inadequate treatment of pain in older people.
  • Be aware of age-specific issues that may act as barriers to effective pain relief, such as lifelong attitudes towards pain and analgesic medications.
  • Be aware of age-specific issues that affect pain management, such as physiological changes that affect the pharmacodynamics of medications and common adverse effects.
  • Be familiar with a range of non-pharmacological management options for persistent pain.

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