This module reviews persistent pain in people aged 75 and older and the barriers to effective pain relief in this patient group. It describes the age-related physiological changes that affect physical functioning, influencing the safety and efficacy of many analgesics, discusses the adverse effects of certain medications, including opiates, and deals with pain relief in dementia care.
This module is based on the latest research in this area of care and identifies best practice in the assessment and management of persistent pain. It is suitable for all those working in a nursing or carer role with older people.
At the end of this module participants will be able to: