Pain Assessment and Management: Multidisciplinary ApproachesNursing's Role in Chronic Pain Management with Older AdultsDavis, Gail C. EdD, RN; White, Terri L. MS, RN, FNP-CAuthor Information Professor; College of Nursing; Texas Woman's University; Denton, Texas Research Assistant; College of Nursing; Texas Woman's University; Denton, Texas Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: March 2001 - Volume 16 - Issue 3 - p 45-55 Buy Abstract The nursing role in multidisciplinary management of chronic pain in older adults is developing. Direction is provided through the results of two studies that assist in conceptualizing pain management methods and understanding the differences between older and younger adults in the use of methods. Findings suggest that more emphasis be placed on nonpharmacologic methods that promote active patient involvement. The nurse's role within a multidisciplinary approach requires knowledge of both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions and the application of this knowledge through such activities as assessment, teaching, monitoring patient self-management, and coordinating care among health care providers. Copyright © 2001 by Aspen Publishers, Inc.