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Implications for practice and research
Staff need more education around identification of pain and options for management among the older population.
Pain assessment methods should be brief and simple, followed by an algorithm for management.
The need to explore organisational barriers which inhibit effective management and to develop more creative ways of overcoming such barriers.
The need to evaluate treatment pathways.
This study was conducted within two geriatric units in a public teaching hospital in Australia. The authors identify the need to explore pain assessment and management, a complex phenomenon that makes up the decision-making process and includes environment, communication and other previously unexplored …
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