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Older Adults – Provider Resources

Treating pain among older adults requires knowledge of comorbid medical conditions, and prevention and management of side effects. Review the resources shown here to find treatment recommendations and important factors to consider when treating this patient population.

Treating Pain in Older Adults – Treatment Recommendations & Important Factors to Consider

SAMHSA: Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders

  • This quick guide summarizes guidelines for clinicians treating chronic pain in adults living with a history of substance misuse. It covers patient assessment, chronic pain management, managing addiction risk in patients treated with opioids, and patient education.

SAMSHA: Talking with Your Adult Patients about Alcohol, Drug, and/or Mental Health Problems – A Discussion Guide for Primary Health Care Providers

  • This guide provides clinicians with questions to begin discussions with adult patients about mental illness, substance use disorders, or both. It includes resources for patients who need an evaluation after a positive screening.

SAMSHA: Talking with Your Adult Patients about Alcohol, Drug, and/or Mental Health Problems – A Discussion Guide for Primary Health Care Providers

  • This guide provides clinicians with questions to begin discussions with adult patients about mental illness, substance use disorders, or both. It includes resources for patients who need an evaluation after a positive screening.

Treatment of Persistent Pain in Older Adults

  • This resource discusses treatment of persistent (i.e., chronic) non-cancer pain in the older adult, with an emphasis on the differences in management from younger adults.

Older Adults’ Experiences with Opioid Prescriptions

  • Access this site to learn about the findings from a national poll –Findings indicate support for prescribing limits, and need for better counseling and disposal options. Learn more about opioids and older adults.

CDC: Fact Sheet: Safe Medication Review

  • Use this framework to conduct a medication review to help prevent older adult falls.

CDC: Medications Linked to Falls

  • Access this one-page handout to review medications with all patients 65 and older. Medication management can reduce interactions and side effects that may lead to falls.

Additional Resources

 

FDA: Educational Resources: Ensuring Safe Use of Medicine

  • These educational resources provide information on the safe use of medicine, including the general use of medicine, driving while using medicine, and safe use of medicine for seniors. They are intended for use by educators, health care professionals, and consumers.

SAMHSA: Fact Sheet: Preventing Medication and Alcohol Misuse Among Older Adults (pages 49-52)

  • Learn how to prevent medication and alcohol misuse with specific prevention strategies and case examples of successful prevention programs.

Special Considerations for Opioid Use in Elderly Patients With Chronic Pain

  • Learn what special considerations should be taken when prescribing opioids to elderly patients as well as recommendations for patients with Renal Insufficiency, and Hepatic Insufficiency

SAMHSA: Growing Older: Providing Integrated Care for An Aging Population

  • As a provider, find helpful information including evidence-based integrated care practices for older adults and brief screens for varying health care assessments.

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