Pain is an important issue facing nurses who care for older adults. In a recent study, nurses were interviewed about their perceptions of pain management in older adults.
Nurses indicated effective pain management is possible and occurred most of the time. However, they also described perceptions and beliefs that could bias their ability to manage older adults’ pain. Obstacles to effective pain management for older adults seemed to be related to the nurses’ perceptions or lack of self-awareness.
Development of successful pain management programs for older adults needs to focus first on nurses’ perceptions and biases.
For details, see Gropelli and Sharer. (2013). Nurses’ perceptions of pain management in older adults. MEDSURG Nursing, 22(6), 375-382.