Pain Management Dilemmas In The Older Patient

Pain Management Dilemmas in the Older Patient


The burden of pain in Australia is significant and thus this is an area of healthcare that all general practitioners (GPs) need to understand and maintain current knowledge in. It is estimated that almost one in five adult Australians report current chronic pain. Pain management is said to be frequently inadequate for individuals with acute, chronic and palliative pain, with consequent detrimental impacts on quality of life.

Chronic non-cancer pain can have significant effects on a patient’s physical and psychological wellbeing, and requires multimodal and multidisciplinary management approaches tailored to the individual patient.

With a focus on the treatment of persistent pain in older adults, this activity aims to provide an update for GPs on options for pain management plans using pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches.


  1. Outline the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options for common pain causes such as osteoarthritis.
  2. Describe appropriate practices for prescribing opioids in pain management.
  3. Describe the role of the Pain Clinic for Older Persons and identify suitable patients to refer.
Pain Management Dilemmas in the Older Patient
  • Presenter(s):Benny Katz
  • Host:St Vincent's Hospital (Public)
  • Duration:1.03.41
  • Activity ID:120117
  • QI&CPD Points:2
  • Provider:Lateral Connections

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