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2020 Jan 01

Pain Med



Linking Persistent Pain and Frailty in Older Adults.


Guerriero F, Reid MC
Pain Med. 2020 Jan 01; 21(1):61-66.
PMID: 31343692.


In older adults, the impact of persistent pain goes beyond simple discomfort, often contributing to worsening functional outcomes and ultimately frailty. Frailty is a geriatric syndrome that, like persistent pain, increases in prevalence with age and is characterized by a decreased ability to adapt to common stressors such as acute illness, thereby increasing risk for multiple adverse health outcomes. Evidence supports a relationship between persistent pain and both the incidence and progression of frailty, independent of health, social, and lifestyle confounders.