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Between 62% and 83% of institutionalized elderly in the U.S. report a pain problem and 17% have substantial daily pain.

Ferrell B, Ferrell B, Rivera L. Pain in Cognitively Impaired Nursing Home Patients. J Pain & Symptom Manage. 1995; 10(8): 591-8. http://www.jpsmjournal.com/article/0885-3924(95)00121-2/abstract

Reference

Title
Pain in Cognitively Impaired Nursing Home Patients
Publication
J Pain & Symptom Manage
Publication Date
1995
Authors
Ferrell B, Ferrell B, Rivera L
Volume & Issue
Volume 10, Issue 8
Pages
591-8
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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