Managing Pain in Frail Elders

Managing Pain in Frail Elders

Type: Article
Expiration Date: 04/01/2019
Location: Online

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Managing pain in any older adult poses unique challenges. But older adults who are frail are more likely to experience chronic pain, acute pain, or both. What’s more, they stand a greater chance that their pain won’t be managed effectively.

Effective pain management not only provides relief and comfort but also helps them regain homeostasis, avoid injury, improve physical and psychosocial functioning, prevent deconditioning, and optimize quality of life.

However, limited evidence exists for best practices in pain management for frail elders, primarily because research that guides pain practice decisions commonly excludes this population. This article discusses recommendations for assessing, treating, evaluating, and documenting pain in frail elders based on the best available evidence.

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify barriers in recognizing and managing pain in frail elders.
  2. Describe the PENS approach (Pain, Expectations/Emotions, Nutrition, Sleep).
  3. Discuss pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic management of pain in frail elders.

Presented By


Staja “Star” Booker, MS, RN, is a PhD candidate at The University of Iowa College of Nursing in Iowa City.

Dorota A. Bartoszczyk, MSN, RN, OCN, is a staff Nurse at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and a PhD student at The University of Iowa College of Nursing in Iowa City.

Keela A. Herr, PhD, RN, AGSF, FAAN, is a professor, associate dean of faculty, and co-director of the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence at The University of Iowa College of Nursing in Iowa City.

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