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Douleurs chroniques chez les personnes âgées: dimensions psychologiques

Published in Revue médicale suisse. 2011, vol. 7, no. 301, p. 1407-10
Abstract Chronic pain in elderly people requires to take into account somatic co-morbidities as well as its psychosocial dimensions. Chronic pain often represents a distress signal addressed to the environment and the care providers. Psychological suffering or mood disorders can be presented in the form of somatic complaints often associated with functional impairments, sometimes severe. Therapeutic care has to address functionality through an image-enhancing approach aiming to summon the patients' resources. The treatment of a concomitant depressive state necessitates a true commitment from the therapist. Its benefits are documented in elderly patients. Analgesic treatment as a whole will seek in particular to restore feelings of self-esteem and help the patient recover a good quality of life.
Keywords AgedAged, 80 and overAgingAnalgesics/therapeutic useAnxiety/complicationsChronic DiseaseDepressive Disorder/complicationsHumansPain/drug therapy/psychologyQuality of LifeSomatoform Disorders/complications/drug therapyStress, Psychological/complicationsTreatment Outcome
PMID: 21815497
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Research groups Aspects psychosociaux des maladies chroniques (247)
Groupe Desmeules Jules (pharmacologie/toxicologie) (567)
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ALLAZ, Anne-Françoise et al. Douleurs chroniques chez les personnes âgées: dimensions psychologiques. In: Revue médicale suisse, 2011, vol. 7, n° 301, p. 1407-10. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:28892

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