Improving assessment of pain in older people
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Improving assessment of pain in older people

Catherine Evans Staff nurse, Emergency department, The John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

CATHERINE EVANS discusses problems with pain assessment in older people, how they can be addressed by emergency department nurses, and how the pain management of this vulnerable client group can be improved

Experience of pain is one of the main reasons patients seek emergency care (Tanabe 1995), yet there has been little research into pain assessment and management for older adults in emergency departments (EDs).

Emergency Nurse. 12, 5, 18-21. doi: 10.7748/en2004.

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