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Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the management of pain in older people – a summary report

Dunham, Margaret; Schofield, Patricia; Knaggs, Roger


Patricia Schofield

Roger Knaggs


The objective of this study is to develop an update of the evidence-based guidelines for the management of pain in older people.

Review of evidence since 2010 using a systematic and consensus approach is performed.

Recognition of the type of pain and routine assessment of pain should inform the use of specific environmental, behavioural and pharmacological interventions. Individualised care plans and analgesic protocols for specific clinical situations, patients and health care settings can be developed from these guidelines.

Management of pain must be considered as an important component of the health care provided to all people, regardless of their chronological age or severity of illness. By clearly outlining areas where evidence is not available, these guidelines may also stimulate further research. To use the recommended therapeutic approaches, clinicians must be familiar with adverse effects of treatment and the potential for drug interactions.


Dunham, M., Schofield, P., & Knaggs, R. (2022). Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the management of pain in older people – a summary report. British Journal of Pain, 16(1), 6-13.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 29, 2020
Online Publication Date Dec 7, 2020
Publication Date 2022-02
Deposit Date Jul 12, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jul 12, 2021
Journal British Journal of Pain
Print ISSN 2049-4637
Electronic ISSN 2049-4645
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
Pages 6-13
Keywords Chronic Pain Management, Older People, Guidelines
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