Management of chronic pain in older adults m carrington reid associate professor of medicine 1 christopher eccleston director 2 and karl pillemer professor of human development and of gerontology in medicine 3. Managing pain in older adults this activity is for pharmacy technicians and is sponsored by postgraduate healthcare education llc phe there has been no commercial support for this activity. 1 identify assessment tools resources to assess chronic acute and end of life pain in older adults 2 identify trends in use of pain medications in older adults. 3 age related pharmacokinetic pharmacodynamic changes risks of opioids in the elderly to ensure benefits and avoid risks associated with opioid use in older adults it is critical to understand age related changes in pharmacokinetics that affect opioid absorption distribution metabolism and elimination. A greater understanding of clinical manifestations of pain improved methods of assessment and use of both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions can result in more favorable outcomes in the treatment of older adults for pain
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