Evidence-based assessment and treatment of persistent pain in the community-dwelling elderly receiving home health services: A pathway

Donna M. Minner, Karen Dorman Marek

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Abstract

Persistent pain is a problem for a significant portion of the community-dwelling elderly. Many elderly are reluctant to admit to pain because of fears related to areas such as loss of independence and possible addiction. Cognitively impaired elders may have difficulty expressing persistent pain and understanding pain assessment questions. Because of these and other concerns, the home health nurse faces many challenges when assessing persistent pain in the community-dwelling elderly. A persistent pain pathway was developed to assist home health nurses at Senior Care in the assessment and treatment of persistent pain. Evaluation of its use after 3 months showed an agency-wide increase in client assessment and treatment of pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-301
Number of pages9
JournalHome Health Care Management and Practice
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aged/elderly
  • Chronic pain
  • Critical pathways
  • Evidence based
  • Home health care
  • Persistent pain
  • Professional practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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