Pain is undertreated in US nursing homes

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  • In US nursing homes, noncancer pain is undertreated, especially among the very old, more cognitively impaired, black and Asian patients.
Why this matters
  • Greater emphasis on pain management needs to be undertaken by nursing home management and professional medical societies.
Study design
  • This was a cross-sectional study of 18,526 nursing home residents who were in persistent pain, as measured by consecutive assessments at least 90 d apart.
  • The analysis drew on 2008 Medicare Part D claims and Online Survey, Certification, and Reporting records.
  • Study excluded patients who were terminally ill, patients with Alzheimer's disease, and those with most-severe cognitive impairment.
  • Funding: Source not...