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[Chronic pain in the elderly].

Authors
  • Zanocchi, Mauro
  • Aimar, Teresa
  • Risso, Roberta
  • Maero, Barbara
  • Giona, Erica
  • Francisetti, Federica
  • Bazzarone, Patrizia
  • Nicola, Elena
  • Fabris, Fabrizio
Type
Published Article
Journal
Recenti progressi in medicina
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2002
Volume
93
Issue
4
Pages
231–234
Identifiers
PMID: 11989126
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Chronic pain is a common problem for the aged. Aim of the study was to evaluate prevalence, characteristics and influence on functional parameters of chronic pain in the elderly. Our study included 105 patients (mean age 82.2 +/- 9 yr). Chronic pain, tested by using the McGill Pain Questionnaire, was present in 87 patients (82.9%); it lasted more than 2 years and it was continuous in half of them (49.4%). Our study shows that chronic pain in the elderly has a strong affective component. Its intensity, evaluated by specific tests such as analogical visual and verbal scales, influences old patient's quality of life.

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