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Cognitive dysfunction may complicate assessment of pain in elderly patients

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 30 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:551
  1. A M Severn, Consultant in pain managementa,
  2. C Dodds, President, Age Anaesthesia Associationb
  1. a Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster LA1 4RP
  2. b Department of Anaesthesia, South Cleveland Hospital, Middlesbrough TS4 3AF

    Editor—Henry McQuay and colleagues' inclusion of the biopsychosocial model of pain (the model that describes pain as having affective, cognitive, and behavioural dimensions) is of particular interest in the acute setting.1 In drawing attention to the difficulties of assessing …

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