Pain Management CPG
Pain is common in the post-acute and long-term care setting (PA/LTC) setting. As many as 80% of LTC patients have at least one condition associated with pain. Although disorders that can cause pain become more common with increasing age, pain itself is not a normal part of aging.
This CPG outlines many of the myths and misperceptions about pain and discusses the barriers to effective pain management and offers steps for overcoming these barriers.
This CPG is not intended to be a comprehensive treatise on all possible types of pain or on all evaluations, interventions, or medications for pain. Rather, it should serve as a foundation for a systematic approach to the recognition; assessment; treatment; and monitoring of pain in PA/LTC care patients. It is also hoped that, in some cases, it should be possible to anticipate and prevent pain from occurring.
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