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Implement comprehensive pain assessment and tracking systems
Use pain assessments to create individualized, person-centered care plans
Work with attending providers and an interdisciplinary team to schedule medication in anticipation of activities that may exacerbate pain
Implement an ongoing education program for staff, residents, and families on how effective pain management can improve quality of life and speed healing
Consider modifying your admission process to assess initial pain and introduce the topic of pain management to the patient and their family.
View research available on the ConsultGeri website regarding the use of pain assessments for:
See the Geriatric Pain website for several assessment-related tools
Resources for educating staff and patients/families are available on the Geriatric Pain website
CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
Published in March 2016, the CDC guideline provides recommendations about the appropriate prescribing of opioid pain relievers and other treatment options to improve pain management and patient safety. Download the guideline and the prescribing checklist, and get other related resources.
Guideline for the Pharmacological Management of Persistent Pain in Older Persons
American Geriatrics Society
Clinical Practice Guideline: Pain Management
(AMDA; available at a discounted price for its members)
Nursing Standard of Practice Protocol: Pain Management in Older Adults
Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice, 4th Edition
AMDA has compiled a variety of resources, news updates, and articles related to pain management.