Can we improve pain management in nursing homes?

Pamela S Melding
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04610.x
Published online: 1 July 2002

No one, least of all nursing-home staff, likes to see people in pain

Most older people, despite limitations, live happy and active lives. Only a small proportion of them — those with major disabilities and complex medical needs — spend their final days in nursing homes. While these residential facilities may aspire to provide quality care for their residents, there are important gaps. As McClean and Higginbotham point out in this issue of the Journal (page 17),1 one such deficiency is in recognising and managing chronic pain.

  • Pamela S Melding

  • Division of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.


Competing interests:

None declared.


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