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Pain in Older Persons


[Term 2018-2020]

Chair: Keela Herr (USA)
Vice Chair: Benny Katz (Australia)
Treasurer: Miriam Kunz (Netherlands)
Secretary: N/A

The SIG on Pain in Older Persons aims to:

  • Increase awareness and promote education about pain in older persons.
  • Provide an international and interdisciplinary forum for people interested in clinical and research questions on pain in older persons.
  • Develop/endorse best practice guidelines for assessment and management of pain in older persons.
  • Promote discussion and research on pain in older persons, including: senescence of pain perception, multidimensional assessment of pain and its consequences, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of pain, and uniqueness of the pain experience in patients with cognitive impairment.
  • Facilitate the development of international collaborative research efforts on pain in older persons.

Report from Australian Pain Society


Assessment: Schofield P. The Assessment of Pain in Older People: UK National Guidelines. Age and Ageing 2018; 47: i1–i22 DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afx192 Management: Dunham M, Schofield P, Knaggs R. Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the management of pain in older people – a summary report. British Journal of Pain 2021; 1–8. DOI: 10.1177/2049463720976155 Residential Care Australian Pain Society 2019. Pain in Residential Aged Care Facilities. https://www.apsoc.org.au/Pain-in-RACF2-Resources Online education: University of Iowa (USA) https://geriatricpain.org Victorian Geriatric Medicine Training Program (Australia) http://vgmtp.anzsgm.org/Pain2/

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