Pain and delirium are significant clinical issues in the older person, which both impact on outcomes. Pain and delirium overlap in several ways including interaction of pathophysiological processes; analgesics being predisposing or precipitating factors in delirium; and uncontrolled pain as a risk for delirium. Assessment requires careful review of clinical features and potential precipitants of both pain and delirium. Current strategies for clinical management to both maximise pain control and reduce delirium risk are discussed.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||CME Geriatric Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|