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Pain Management in Aged Care




The experience of pain is a distressing and debilitating experience for any person of any age. In the majority of cases, the identifying of the cause of pain and the initiation of effective treatment is a simple and straightforward process. In recent years significant strides have been made in all areas of pain management, including new treatment techniques, improved pain medications and a better understanding of pain transmission. However, residents in aged care facilities still tend to suffer unnecessary pain and it is essential that staff working with older people realise that pain is just as distressing to those in their care as it is to the young or middle aged. The ethical obligation to manage pain and to relieve suffering should be at the core of the nurse’s practice and this chapter explores these issues at depth.


Contents include

  • Definition of pain
  • Types of pain
  • Age related factors
  • Pain assessment
  • Guidelines for effective pain management
  • Pharmacology
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Author / Editor Biographies

Robyn Dealtry is a registered nurse who spent nine years in Singapore in the 1970s where she raised a family and worked with a Singapore private nurses agency. After returning to Australia, Robyn worked in gerontic and post-anesthesia nursing. She established the Acute Pain Service at Westmead Hospital (Sydney, Australia) and is now the clinical nurse consultant and team leader of that service. Robyn has spoken at many local, national and international conferences and, in collaboration with the College of Nursing (New South Wales, Australia), wrote the first distance-education package in asses...

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