Management of Chronic Nonmalignant Pain in the Elderly

Experience in an Outpatient Setting
  • Robert D. Helme
  • Mark Bradbeer
  • Benny Katz
  • Stephen J. Gibson
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


A multidisciplinary pain management clinic for older persons was established in Melbourne, Australia, during 1988. Areas of clinical expertise represented in the clinic include medicine (neurology, geriatric medicine), nursing, psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and pharmacy. In this chapter, we outline the rationale for, and function of, the clinic, describe the characteristics of referred patients, and detail clinical outcomes according to measures of pain, mood, and activity. In general, patients referred to the clinic improve according to these measures. The rationale for pain management clinics specifically for the elderly is discussed, and problems associated with long-term audit of patients in this setting are outlined.


Chronic Pain Pain Management Pain Clinic Geriatric Medicine Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert D. Helme
    • 1
  • Mark Bradbeer
    • 1
  • Benny Katz
    • 1
  • Stephen J. Gibson
    • 1
  1. 1.National Ageing Research Institute and North West Hospital Pain Management CentreParkvilleAustralia

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