PCOA-RN 13: Persistent Pain in Older Adults



1.0 Nursing Continuing Professional Development Contact Hours

Target Audience

  • Interprofessionals
  • Registered Nurses


This course describes how persistent pain presents and how to assess pain in older adults, including those living with dementia and/or multiple chronic conditions


After completing this course, practitioners will be able to describe and evaluate the effectiveness of traditional and non-traditional pain treatment options, understand how to manage pain at the end of life, and discuss how prognosis influences treatment decisions.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe types of persistent pain and how it may present in the older adult.
  2. Recognize how health care professionals can assess and manage pain in older adults as part of an interprofessional team.
  3. Understand pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies to improve pain relief. 
  4. Identify validated websites for patients, families and caregivers to increase their knowledge and understanding of pain etiology, treatment and management