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Practical Facts for Health Care Providers: Assessing and Treating Persistent Pain in Older Patients

Date: December 1st, 2009

Persistent pain is a common problem in older adults, yet many are reluctant to discuss it with their health care provider. They may see pain as an inevitable part of aging, or believe it’s not possible to relieve their symptoms.

Many times it is left up to the health care provider to ask questions of their elderly patients and figure out if pain is a problem. This fact sheet is a summary of the 2009 American Geriatrics Society (AGS) guidelines on the management of persistent pain in older persons. It highlights the AGS panel's main recommendations on assessing and treating persistent pain.

You may also want to share our patient brochure that provides important pain management information.


Pain Management Survey

Author: Clarus Research Group

Date: September 1st, 2009

The Alliance for Aging Research commissioned a nationwide survey of 800 U.S. adults age 65 and older to better understand their attitudes, perceptions and concerns regarding age-related pain management and changes under consideration by the FDA to over-the-counter acetaminophen products. Clarus Research Group conducted the survey on behalf of the Alliance for Aging Research between September 14 and September 18, 2009. Support for the survey was provided by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc.

Public Comments

U.S. Pain Foundation Comments Regarding Legislation on Opioid Management, Incorporating Medical Expertise Act

Author: U.S. Pain Foundation

Date: December 10th, 2015

The Alliance and other organizations signed on with this December 10, 2015, letter produced by the U.S. Pain Foundation focused on Draft Legislation HR 4063, Promoting Responsible Opioid Management and Incorporating Medical Expertise Act.

Public Comments

Comment Letter on CDC Opioid Guidelines

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: January 12th, 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research wrote a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting modifications to the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Specifically, the Alliance recommended the CDC modify the guidelines by: 

  • Including a statement calling for further investment of federal resources into clinical research to assist providers in tailoring long-term opioid use.
  • Requiring Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide an updated clinical evidence review of the guidelines
  • Calling on public and private payers to broadly cover the cost of non-pharmacologic interventions for pain sufferers. 
  • Adding more resources to on the safe use of non-opioid pain treatment
  • Removing the non-evidenced based dosage recommendations
  • Removing the time/specific pill limit for acute pain treatment

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