Pain BC Webinar | Chronic Pain in the Elderly

Sep 27 2017 - 12:00pm

elderly patient using walkerWith Martha Spencer, MD, FRCPC, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Providence Health Care

Chronic pain is very common in older adults and is often under-recognized and under-treated. Pain often co-exists with other geriatric syndromes such as multimorbidity, polypharmacy and falls, and can have a very significant effect on function and quality of life. Treatment of pain in the elderly is complex, as multiple other variables must be considered, including the patient’s cognition, medical issues and medications. This webinar will give practitioners some practical tools to help them in the recognition and treatment of pain in the geriatric population.

What you’ll learn:

  • Review the types of pain and some downstream effects that chronic pain can have on elderly patients and clients.
  • Describe the assessment of pain in cognitively intact and cognitively impaired older adults.
  • Explore geriatric-specific guidelines for treatment of persistent pain and evidence supporting different classes of pain medications in the geriatric population.

This webinar is presented as one of the recommendations for action from the 2017 Provincial Pain Summit hosted by Pain BC.

About Martha Spencer, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Spencer is a geriatrician working primarily at the Elder Care Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. Pain is a very common issue in the older adults that she sees in her inpatient and outpatient practices and she often shares her experience through talks to allied health professionals. She supports a multidisciplinary approach to pain management in this population.