Only current practical pocketbook for health care professionals dealing with the treatment of pain in older patients
Contributing authors are leading UK specialists in their subject areas
Written in a punchy factual style to convey an expert interpretation of the research literature
Helpul key points boxes at the start of each chapter highlight take-home messages
Includes numerous tables, figures and algorithms
Pain in later life is both quite common and disabling, and it differs significantly in terms of its aetiology, diagnosis and treatment from pain in the general adult population. Older people often have complicated co-morbidities, have a high prevalence of mental health problems (e.g., anxiety, cognitive impairment, and depression) and respond to treatment in different ways compared to younger people. Their specific needs are rarely discussed specifically in more general texts.
Part of the "Oxford Pain Management Library," this pocketbook will serve as a concise companion for healthcare professionals who manage older patients suffering with pain. Concise chapters will summarise up-to-date research literature in a practical style that will have direct relevance to busy clinicians. Introductory chapters will include the epidemiology of pain in older people as well as the proper assessment of older patients with pain conditions. Later chapters will focus on specific painful conditions common in the elderly, including arthritis and rheumatism, osteoporosis, abdominal pain, and cancer.
The book will appeal to a wide variety of health care professionals in both primary care and secondary care services such as geriatric medicine, rheumatology, orthopaedics, surgery, pain management and palliative medicine. The book will also be of relevance to nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, pharmacists and other health care providers.
Readership: Specialist physicians, clinical nurse specialists, geriatricians, general practitioners, physiotherapists and carers in nursing homes.
1. The epidemiology of pain , Elaine Thomas, Kate Dunn, Clare Jinks
2. Assessment of pain, mood and quality of life , S. Jose Closs
3. Pain in patients with cognitive impairment , Duncan Forsyth
4. Osteoporosis , Caitlyn Dowson
5. Musculoskeletal pain , Karen Walker-Bone
6. Abdominal pain , Krishna Moorthy and Mark Deakin
7. Medication for pain , Peter Crome
8. Pain and addiction , Ilana Crome
9. Cognitive behavioural therapy , Chris J. Main, Francis J. Keefe, Sandra J. Waters
10. Depression and pain , Andy Moore and Mike Jorsh
11. Use of alternative therapies for the treatment of pain in older adults , Panos Barlas
12. The role of occupational and physiotherapy , Bhanu Ramaswamy, Jill Chanter, Claire Craig
13. Palliative care, cancer and end of life , Lisa Beeston
14. Nursing care , Dee Burrows