Pain And Fatigue Of The Elderly

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Pain and Fatigue in the Elderly Ingrid Medina Nebraska Methodist College Pain and Fatigue in the Elderly The elderly population increasing, there is more of an incidence in chronic conditions, such as cancer. Cancer is the second top cause for morbidity and mortality in the older adult population that is older than 65 years of age (nearly 71 percent of all deaths) (Erturk et al., 2015). Cancer affects both different processes of the body and psychological process. One process includes pain perception. Researchers estimate that as many as 90 percent of cancer patients experience pain and 50 percent do not receive enough pain management (as citied as Erturk el al., 2015). There is often a stigma for older adults that pain and fatigue are a common process of aging; therefore, elderly have misconceptions of medications (e.g. opioids) and attitudes about pain and will often tolerate pain (Erturk et al., 2015, p. 167). One of my previous elderly patients was admitted for abdominal pain (hepatomegaly). I chose this research article because one of my priorities for her care was to managing her pain in relation to her abdominal pain and physical activity throughout the shift. The purpose of the research article was to “evaluate the pain and fatigue levels of elderly cancer patients and to examine whether pain is an independent variable in fatigue development” (Erturk et al., 2015, p. 167). The study design is a descriptive and cross sectional study from November 21,
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