Effects Of Pain Management On Older Adults

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When it comes to pain in the older adult there are many controversial beliefs. There are those who do not believe that an older adult knows what pain is and then there are those who believe that an older adult will exaggerate their pain to get attention. In the article by Dawn L Denny and Ginny W Guido, Under treatment of pain in older adults: An application of beneficence, it is said that older adults are vulnerable to having their pain seriously under assessed and inadequately treated. Pain can be treated in any age group, though the treatment plan can differ. In a younger adult pain is taken at face value and is treated accordingly. Pain in an older adult is taken with a grain of salt and frequently under treated. If an older adult is…show more content…
Therefore, the right of patients to adequate assessment and treatment of pain, as promoted by the Joint Commissions, has a corresponding ethical responsibility for nurses to provide this to their patients” (Denny, 2012). It has been shown that an older adult patient can have an increased pain tolerance, so something that would bring a grown man to his knees may only be a discomfort to an older adult. Though because of this reason pain in the older adult is not treated the way it should be. Pain is an important assessment in any patient. “According to the American Pain Foundation, the reasons that may contribute to the under treatment of pain in older people include misconceptions regarding the aging process, difficulty assessing care, and the stigma associated with admission of pain (Denny, 2012). The older adult is frequently not taken seriously and as a result they have a harder time admitting that they are in pain or that they think something is wrong. There are times even that the older adult will convince themselves that what they are experiencing is a result of them aging and will not report it which in turn leads to more health problems and risks for health problems. The nurse is an important part of managing the older adult’s pain. The nurse is the one who primarily is treating the pain for the patient and is also the advocate for that patient’s pain. The nurse must investigate and analyze patients and
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