Assessment of Pain in Geriatric Patients


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Essay #: 059327
Total text length is 9,168 characters (approximately 6.3 pages).

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The beginning:
For many geriatric patients, pain is but one of the multiple difficulties that they face. Most geriatric patients in the health care facility claim many illnesses, most of which can be assessed with precision, and treated with methods that are reliable, and perhaps more importantly, can be measured. The identification and management of pain for the geriatric patient, however is an entirely different endeavor. As a result the older patient in pain generally suffers: “"Pain is often undertreated and under diagnosed in older adults" (Flaherty, 2008, p. 41). One remedy for this difficulty is for the health care professional to apply best practices by employing different methodologies of assessing pain in the geriatric patient, in order to...
The end: the needs of pain management for the geriatric patient, communication is essential. It is of paramount importance that the halth care professional create an environment that provides “Patient education that focuses on the benefits of effective pain management” (Flaherty, 2008, p. 44). Having the flexibility as well as the understanding of different modalities of assisting the patient in the self-assessment of pain is the key component to making effective pain management care for the geriatric patient possible.
Flaherty, E. (2008). How to Try This: Using Pain-Rating Scales with Older Adults. American Journal of Nursing, 108(6), 40 - 47. Retrieved April 8, 2010, from