Pain Management of the Older Adult

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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.

Author Information

Jason Gruss, MD, FAAPMR
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
Associate 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

Module Information

Duration: 30 minutes
Format: Video Stream & pdfs

Module Guide and Handout
Resources & References
Continuing Education Credit Information

In support of patient care, Rush University Medical Center is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Rush University Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of (0.50) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support.

ANCC Credit Designation – Nurses
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 0.50 contact hours.

Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Rush University designates this live activity for (0.50) Continuing Education credit(s).

Rush University Medical Center designates this knowledge based CPE activity for 0.50 contact hours for pharmacists.

Learning Objectives

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

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

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