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Analgesic prescribing in care home residents: how epidemiological studies may inform clinical practice

La Frenais, FL; Stone, P; Sampson, EL; (2016) Analgesic prescribing in care home residents: how epidemiological studies may inform clinical practice. Pain Management , 6 (6) pp. 561-568. 10.2217/pmt-2016-0008. Green open access

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Abstract

Care home residents are often frail with multiple comorbidities and cognitive impairment, most commonly caused by dementia. This population is under-represented in clinical trials, leading to a lack of valid and reliable evidence to inform clinicians’ prescribing practice. This paper summarizes how epidemiological research conducted in similar populations can inform pain management by describing pain prevalence, risk factors, typical features and functional consequences. This evidence can help overcome the numerous barriers to optimal pain management in care home residents.

Type: Article
Title: Analgesic prescribing in care home residents: how epidemiological studies may inform clinical practice
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2217/pmt-2016-0008
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.2217/pmt-2016-0008
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 Future Medicine Ltd
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1503316
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