PDF iconAmerican Guideline for the Management of Persistent pain in Older Persons

This is a 2002 document by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. It provides an overview of issues associated with pain in older adults and relevant guidelines for treating pain in this population.

PDF iconGuideline for the Pharmacological Management of Persistent Pain in Older Persons

This guideline is a 2009 update of the 2002 document listed above, also put together by the American Geriatrics Society and published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The document is a useful resource for guiding clinical decisions regarding the medication management of pain in older adults.

Guideline for the Ongoing Use of Opioid Therapy.

This 2009 paper by the American Pain Society was published in the Journal of Pain and provides a thorough overview of practice guidelines for caring for people requiring ongoing opioid therapy. It is not specific to older adults, but is useful as a general guide that gives more detail to supplement the American Geriatric Society guidelines listed above.

PDF iconGuideline on Pain Assessment in the Nonverbal Patient.

This 2011 article was presented by the American Society of Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) and published in Pain Management Nursing. In the article, the authors present clinical practice recommendations for pain assessment in the nonverbal patient, both those with dementia and those with other disorders resulting in being nonverbal.

Guideline for the Treatment of Pain in People with Substance Abuse Disorders.

This 2012 document provides recommendations related to the use of opioids for the treatment of pain in people with addictive disease, including definitions of relevant terms.