Capital Health Care NetworkThe Benefit of a Team Approach
The complexities of pain assessment, treatment and management in geriatric populations are best addressed with a multidisciplinary approach.
Physician’s attempts to alleviate chronic pain for seniors and the elderly are more likely to be successful when working with a team of healthcare professionals. The team approach provides more opportunity to investigate and ascertain possible causes of the chronic pain and makes for a more informed plan of care in the treatment or management of the pain.
Treatment of chronic pain should involve a team of pain management specialists which will be led by the physician and may also include a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, pharmacist, physical therapist, occupational therapist and psychologist.