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Pain and Aging: Challenges and Barriers to Managing Pain in Older Adults

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This is the first of three slide presentations with accompanying audio lectures by Keela Herr, PhD, RN, FAAN, AGSF, of the University of Iowa College of Nursing. 

Dr. Herr was sponsored by The University of Minnesota Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and the American Academy of Pain Medicine/Pfizer Visiting Professorship in Pain Medicine to consult with faculty and students and present three formal lectures on the following topics:

  • Pain and Aging
  • Recognizing and Assessing Pain in Cognitively Impaired Older Adults
  • Pharmacologic Management of Persistent Pain in Older Adults.
Educational objectives: 
  • Identify challenges and barriers that impact quality pain care in older adults.
  • Discuss strategies for improving pain management in older persons.
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Integration of non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic strategies.

Date posted: 
Tue, 08/30/2011
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Tue, 08/30/2011
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Pain and Aging: Challenges and Barriers to Managing Pain in Older Adults. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2011 Available from:
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