Opioids for persistent pain in older adults.
Cleve Clin J Med. 2016 Jun;83(6):443-451
Authors: Galicia-Castillo M
Older adults compose a large portion of patients with persistent pain. Opioid analgesics are widely used to treat acute and persistent pain in cancer and end-of-life care, but their use in other types of persistent pain in older adults is controversial. Clinicians and regulators must work together, balancing the legitimate medical need for opioids while acknowledging increasing opioid misuse and morbidity and mortality related to opioids.
PMID: 27281257 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]