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A critical literature review on non-pharmacological approaches used by older people in chronic pain management

A critical literature review on non-pharmacological approaches used by older people in chronic pain management

Shrestha, Shovana, Schofield, Patricia and Devkota, Rashmi (2013) A critical literature review on non-pharmacological approaches used by older people in chronic pain management. Indian Journal of Gerontology, 27 (1). pp. 135-161. ISSN 0971-4189

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Abstract

The paper aims to conduct a critical appraisal of the literature focused on non-pharmacological approaches used by older people in chronic pain management. Chronic pain is a common health problem amongst older people, accounting for prevalence rate twice that of their younger counterparts. Despite this, there has been surprisingly little attention paid, on a global level, to the issue of pain management in older people and even less on non-pharmacological approaches to chronic pain management. A
total of 69 studies published in English between 2000 to 2010 were obtained from various electronic databases, hand searched journals, research reports, and references obtained from the bibliographies of retrieved articles. After assessing the title, abstract and full text, quality assessment was performed by two independent assessors and ultimately nine papers were included. Of the total nine papers included, five were quantitative, three were qualitative and two were of a mixed method design. The findings revealed that older people tend to use cost effective, readily available and convenient non-pharmacological approaches for managing pain such as exercise, rest, heat/cold application, massage, distraction, relaxation, support groups and bracing/splinting/bandaging – for managing pain.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Vol. 27, No. 1, 2013 of Indian Journal of Gerontology is "Special Issue on Populations within a Population: Vulnerable Older Adults".
Uncontrolled Keywords: chronic pain management, non-pharmacological approaches, self management strategies, complementary therapies, older people, critical literature review
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Acute & Continuing Care
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9468

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