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Management of Persistent Pain in Older Adults

Persistent pain—painful sensation that continues for a prolonged period of time and may or may not be associated with a well defined disease process—is prevalent in older adults.  The American Geriatrics Society is pleased to provide tools to assist clinicians in providing optimal care to older adults who suffer from pain, as well as resources for patients and caregivers on pain management and treatment. 

AGS Clinical Practice Guideline:
Pharmacological Management of Persistent Pain in Older Persons (2009) 


Clinical Tools

AGS Position Statement and Testimony

Public Education Resources

Related Resources

  • Readers are referred to the 2002 AGS Pain Guidelines for specific recommendations for pain assessment  in older persons. These assessment recommendations remain relevant.

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