Managing chronic pain in older adults

Michael J. Yao, Katherine A. Tacker

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Older patients account for the largest group suffering from chronic pain and multiple comorbidities. Pain management in older patients must consider this population's changing sensitivities to drugs and common issues with polypharmacy. Undertreated or overmedicated pain is associated with functional limitations and increased risk of depression. Improvements in pain, mood, and functioning among older patients depend on coordinated and complementary care. In the following chapter, we review recent research on pain management, important aspects in the assessment of chronic pain in older patients, and treatment strategies that incorporate both pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTreating Comorbid Opioid Use Disorder in Chronic Pain
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319298634
ISBN (Print)9783319298610
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Elderly patients
  • Geriatric
  • Nonpharmacologic therapies
  • Older adults
  • Pain management
  • Persistent pain
  • Pharmacologic therapies
  • Polypharmacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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