Pain Management of the Older Adult


Duration: 30 minutes
Format: Video Stream & pdfs

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Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, cancer and heart disease combined. Participate in this module to better understand the concept of pain, learn to utilize appropriate screening tools and management strategies based on age, health conditions and risks. This module will enable you to become familiar with both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches to pain management.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  1. Discuss the concept of pain management for the older adult by examining national guidelines and strategies for pain management for the older adult
  2. Identify the potential effects of pain on an older adult, including function and quality of life
  3. Apply screening tools and pain management strategies available for the treatment of pain among older adults, based on age and health conditions and risks
  4. Become familiar with pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies for older adults with pain

Jason Gruss, MD,

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital
Acute Rehabilitation Care
First Health Associates

Author bio:
Dr. Jason Gruss, MD, FAAPMR, is a physiatrist practicing in the Chicagoland area since 2007. He held his residency at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital / University of Chicago after completing an internship at Swedish Covenant Hospital. He has worked and lived in Chicagoland his entire life, except for four years when he attended The University of Michigan. He specializes in post-acute care rehabilitation, working with Advanced Rehabilitation Care to create new models for rehabilitation services, pain management and development of post-acute services.

Valerie Gruss PhD, APN, CNP-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
Director, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Memoona Hasnain MD, MHPE, PhD
Professor and Associate Department Head, Faculty Development & Research
College of Medicine,
Department of Family Medicine
Co-Director, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

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