Clinical Care Practice
70th AHCA/NCAL Convention and Expo
The graying of America requires us to deal with challenges such as the appropriate balance between quality of life, increased complexities and co-morbidities, patients’ right to choose, and available evidence supporting optimal pain management. Evidence and current practice guidelines support an engaged, transdisciplinary approach to effective pain management. This session will focus on the prevalence of pain in the elderly, the management of acute and chronic pain through pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions, and a review of current evidence for treatment guidelines. We will highlight how effective transdisciplinary teams with collaboration among medical, nursing, and rehab teams can provide enhanced quality of life and optimal function, and reduce dependency on opioids.