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Assessment of pain, mood, and quality of life

S. José Closs

in Pain in Older People

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199212613
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199606924 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199212613.003.0002

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library Series Opml P

Assessment of pain, mood, and quality of life

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• Patient, proactive assessment of pain should be undertaken with older people, since many are reluctant to report it. • For the majority, self report is the most accurate and reliable method of assessing pain, using simple pain intensity scales. • For those who are unable to communicate their pain, a range of behavioural indicators may aid the identification of the presence of pain. • Interactions between pain, depression, and anxiety make it essential to assess and treat (where appropriate) all three.

Chapter.  3160 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Geriatric Medicine ; Pain Medicine

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