The Assessment of Pain in the Elderly

  • Lucy Gagliese
  • Ronald Melzack
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


Pain is a multidimensional experience made up of sensory, affective, and cognitive-evaluative components, which interact, and each of which contributes to the determination of the final pain response (Melzack & Casey, 1968). Age may have an effect on each of these dimensions and ultimately on the pain experienced. The assessment of pain in the elderly, therefore, requires a holistic approach with sensitivity to the special concerns of this population.


Chronic Pain Pain Intensity Pain Threshold Pain Assessment Chronic Pain Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucy Gagliese
    • 1
  • Ronald Melzack
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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