The Management of Pain in Older People by Patricia Schofield PhD RGN

By Patricia Schofield PhD RGN

This booklet will let readers to appreciate the foundations underpinning the administration of ache which a specific emphasis upon the care of the older grownup. The chapters will discover techniques which are recognized to be fascinated about the ache event yet every one writer will then upload their very own distinctive viewpoint via utilizing the rules to their professional zone of perform and the care of the older grownup. it truly is established to incorporate the goals and results of the bankruptcy before everything in order that readers can music their development, and gives bankruptcy outlines and additional analyzing feedback foir this specified subject area. 

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The system is able to provide only rudimentary acute care, despite spending two thirds of health funds on secondary services which are highly specialized but poorly equipped, with minimal nursing care and little heating. Because of the high prevalence of drug abuse in the population (a result of social and psychological pressures) there is limited access to modern psychiatric care. Depression, anxiety and psychoses therefore often remain untreated in frail elderly patients unable to travel far for treatment.

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What have you learned from this? How will you deal with the situation differently in the future based upon your new knowledge? Many of us know when someone is experiencing pain, and we need to be confident in our perception and deal with it. Of course we talk about being the patient’s advocate, and recognizing pain and doing something about it is fundamental to the principals of advocacy: • • • Recognizing pain-provoking situations. Pre-empting pain. Fostering a multidisciplinary approach to pain management.

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