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The Assessment of Pain in Older People

  • Thomas Fischer
  • Erika Sirsch
  • Irmela Gnass
  • Sandra Zwakhalen
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Part of the Perspectives in Nursing Management and Care for Older Adults book series (PNMCOA)

Abstract

Pain assessment is a crucial step toward adequate management of pain in older adults. This chapter addresses the assessment of pain as part of a multidimensional stepwise approach. Although pain assessment uses standardized screening, assessment, and monitoring tools, it needs to be tailored to the individual patient. In the case of pain assessment in older adults, one size does not fit all is a fundamental principle. Pain is a personal and subjective experience because of numerous factors. A broad, inclusive approach to assessment is required. In this chapter several case studies highlight the differences and factors that need to be taken into account in the assessment of pain in older people.

Keywords

Pain assessment Behavior Self-report and nonverbal Tools 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Fischer
    • 1
  • Erika Sirsch
    • 2
  • Irmela Gnass
    • 3
  • Sandra Zwakhalen
    • 4
  1. 1.Evangelische Hochschule DresdenUniversity of Applied Sciences for Social Work, Education and NursingDresdenGermany
  2. 2.Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule VallendarVallendarGermany
  3. 3.Paracelsus Medical University, Institute of Nursing Science and PracticeSalzburgAustria
  4. 4.Department of Health Services ResearchMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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