White Rose University Consortium logo
University of Leeds logo University of Sheffield logo York University logo

Pain in older people with cancer: attitudes and self-management strategies.

Chatwin, J, Closs, J and Bennett, M (2009) Pain in older people with cancer: attitudes and self-management strategies. European Journal of Cancer Care, 18 (2). 124 - 130 . ISSN 1365-2354


Cancer is predominantly a disease of older people. It is also frequently a painful condition. However, the ageing process brings with it any number of other painful conditions, so it can be difficult to quantify the number of older people who are in pain solely because of cancer. In this article, we present a review of the literature concerning issues specifically related to the management of pain in older people. Three main areas are considered: the use of analgesics; the attitudes of older people in relation to pain management and their utilization of pain management strategies. We suggest that although a great deal is known about the efficacy of analgesia, there is relatively little information relating to the subjective experience of older individuals as they engage with treatment processes. This is important because social, psychological and cultural factors can have a significant influence on the effective management of cancer pain in this age group.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Analgesia, Analgesics, Attitude to Health, Complementary Therapies, Humans, Middle Aged, Neoplasms, Pain, Pain Measurement, Religion, Self Care, Social Support
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Healthcare (Leeds) > Leeds Institute of Diagnostics & Therapeutics > AU Clinical & Rehabilitation Sciences (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2011 10:56
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2014 16:33
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2354.2007.00885.x
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2007.00885.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43022

Actions (repository staff only: login required)