Managing pain in practice - 2022

Highlighting the challenges and opportunities in the assessment and management of pain in older adults
Dr Sarah Jarvis
pp 3-3

This special issue of Managing Pain in Practice highlights challenges and opportunities in the assessment and management of pain in older adults, with special emphasis on communication, the role of multidisciplinary teams and the need for a wide range of effective treatment options.

The emotional and physical burden of pain in older people
Professor Harald Breivik
pp 4-5
  • The effect of COVID-19 restrictions on mobility, mental well-being, and the perception and management of pain
  • The vicious cycle of chronic pain and avoidance of physical activity
  • The impact of pain on quality of life
  • The challenges of pain management in older adults
The role of pharmacists in supporting older people in pain
Lars-Åke Söderlund
pp 6-7
  • The emergence of COVID-19
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing evolution of self-care
  • The role of the pharmacist supporting older people in pain
  • Polypharmacy in the elderly and the benefits of topical pain medication
  • The benefits of strengthening the role of the pharmacist in primary healthcare
Improving communication between healthcare professionals and older people in pain
Gisele Pickering
pp 8-9
  • The impact of open and clear communication for older people living with pain
  • Communication within multidisciplinary teams
  • How health education for patients and primary caregivers can support effective communication
Increasing education for healthcare professionals on managing pain in older people
Lars Arendt-Nielsen
pp 10-11
  • Barriers to effective pain management
  • The importance of utilising guidelines for the management of pain in the elderly
  • Is improved pain research and education for healthcare professionals the answer?