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Pain Management in Older Adults

A Nursing Perspective

  • Gisèle Pickering
  • Sandra Zwakhalen
  • Sharon Kaasalainen


  • Details practical aspects of pain management for nurses caring for the elderly

  • Addresses core issues defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

  • Written by best international nurses’ leaders involved in pain care

  • Presented as an educational tool


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Gisèle Pickering
    Pages 1-6
  3. Elodie Martin
    Pages 7-29
  4. Thomas Fischer, Erika Sirsch, Irmela Gnass, Sandra Zwakhalen
    Pages 31-46
  5. Carol Mackintosh-Franklin
    Pages 47-64
  6. Gisèle Pickering
    Pages 65-72
  7. Nanda Cécile de Knegt
    Pages 73-82
  8. Marie-Madlen Jeitziner, Béatrice Jenni-Moser, Thekla Brunkert, Franziska Zúñiga
    Pages 83-91
  9. Abby Wickson-Griffiths, Sharon Kaasalainen, Laura Pokoradi
    Pages 93-108
  10. Paul A. Cameron, Rebecca Chandler, Pat Schofield
    Pages 109-119

About this book


This book addresses relevant issues to enhance pain management nurses need to advocate for effective pain treatment in the elderly. Significant changes in the evolving nursing and healthcare environment require adequate information on this topic, as pain is a very challenging area. As other care professionals, nurses are daily confronted with issues on pain assessment and management. This volume offers an overview within an evolving health environment, in which nurses dealing with pain play a growing  role. 

It showcases best practices in pain assessment and management, details non pharmacological and pharmacological treatments. It also addresses core issues defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), such as knowledge translation, that are most relevant for clinical nurses, student nurses, nurse researchers as well as other care professionals.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gisèle Pickering
    • 1
  • Sandra Zwakhalen
    • 2
  • Sharon Kaasalainen
    • 3
  1. 1.CIC Inserm 1405University Clermont Auvergne and University HospitalClermont-FerrandFrance
  2. 2.Health Services ResearchMaastricht University Health Services ResearchMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.School of NursingMcMaster University School of NursingHamiltonCanada

About the editors

Gisèle Pickering is Professor of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacologist at the University Hospital of Clermont-Ferrand, France. She is a permanent member of the Inserm Neurodol 1107 and CIC 1405 research groups on Fundamental and Clinical Pain, where her main topics of research concern the mechanism of action of analgesics, the impact of pain on cognitive processes and pain management in older persons. She belongs to the International Special Interest Group of Pain in older persons (IASP) and participated to the European COST program on pain in cognitively impaired persons. She is a member of the Doloplus® group that validated several behavioural scales (Doloplus®, Algoplus®), and of the Mobiqual® French project on pain education in nursing homes. She regularly contributes to peer-reviewed publications on Pharmacology and Pain, international meetings, and belongs to national and international Pain, Pharmacology and Geriatrics Societies.

Sandra Zwakhalen, RN, PhD is an Associate Professor with the Department of Health Services Research at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. She is a health scientist, originally trained as a nurse and her main research topic is: geriatric nursing care with a particular focus on pain assessment and management. She is one of the two coordinators of the Living Lab for Care of Older People. She serves as a board member at the European Academy of Nursing.

Sharon Kaasalainen, RN, PhD is an Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and is an Associate member of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University, in the US. Her research program is focused on improving the quality of life for people living in Long Term Care (LTC) homes with a particular focus on pain management and palliative care using participatory action research methods. Other areas of interest include optimizing the role of nurse practitioners in LTC, specifically related to pain management.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pain Management in Older Adults
  • Book Subtitle A Nursing Perspective
  • Editors Gisèle Pickering
    Sandra Zwakhalen
    Sharon Kaasalainen
  • Series Title Perspectives in Nursing Management and Care for Older Adults
  • Series Abbreviated Title Perspectives in Nursing Management and Care for Older Adults
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-71693-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-10094-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-71694-7
  • Series ISSN 2522-8838
  • Series E-ISSN 2522-8846
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 135
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geriatric Care
    Pain Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“This book thoroughly covers the pathophysiology of pain and managing pain with pharmacological and nonpharmacological means. It is written for nurses, nurse specialists, advanced nurse practitioners, and academics. Pain occurs at all ages but rarely are there books dedicated to pain in the elderly. … This book is unique in that it is an international collaboration, which enriches this exploration of pain management in older adults.” (Carol Ann Siem, Doody's Book Reviews, November, 2018)