Effects Of Pain Management On Older Adults

1518 Words Feb 11th, 2016 7 Pages
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 able to communicate verbally they are in pain, this should be taken at face value and treated like any other time. There is evidence to prove that pain management in the older adult could be improved. If the nurse has an attitude or different beliefs about the validity of an older adult saying what their pain is, this can significantly hinder the effectiveness of the management of pain. Pain in the older adult can be managed the way any other patient would have their pain managed, pharmacologically and by nonpharmacological measures (Denny, 2012).
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