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Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Opioids in Older Adults: Initiating Therapy

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Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Opioids in Older Adults: Initiating Therapy

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Author(s):  
David J Horn MD
Sponsor: 
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
POGOe Id: 
22028
Date Posted: 
11/11/2019
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
10/14/2019
Abstract: 

Opioids in Older Adults: Initiating Therapy is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 
  1. Explain the potential benefits and risks of opioid therapy in older adults
  2. Properly evaluate a patient for opioid prescription, include goals or care and reasons not to prescribe opioids
  3. Recommend other approach to pain treatment, and adjunctive approaches to pain treatment, when considering opioid therapy for older adults
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as:

  1. Content is not changed,
  2. No one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. Authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. The reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program”.
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Laura Vitkus MPH CHES lvitkus@aging.arizona.edu


Suggested Citation:
Elder Care A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Opioids in Older Adults: Initiating Therapy. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2019 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/22028