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Old people in pain: A comparative study.

  • Ulf Jakobsson
  • Rosemarie Klefsgård
  • Albert Westergren
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
Publishing year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 625-636
Publication/Series: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Volume: 26
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

To investigate the prevalence of pain in older people (75+), compare those in pain to those without regarding demographics, social network, functional limitations, fatigue, sleeping problems, depressed mood and quality of life (QOL), and identify variables associated with pain, a cross-sectional, prospective survey was conducted in an age-stratified sample of 4,093 people aged 75–105 years old. Those reporting pain (n = 1,654) were compared with those who did not (n = 2,439). Pain was more common with higher age, as were all complaints among those in pain and among those without, except sleeping problems. Lower QOL was found with higher age, as well as with pain. Pain was found to be associated with functional limitations, fatigue, sleeping problems, depressed mood, and QOL. These data highlight the importance of identifying old people in pain. Those who are older and those affected by pain are at greater risk of also being troubled by other problems, such as functional limitations and lowered QOL.


  • Nursing
  • Pain
  • older adults
  • oldest old
  • social network
  • activities in daily living
  • quality of life


  • ISSN: 1873-6513
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
E-mail: ingalill [dot] rahm_hallberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Professor emerita

Health-promoting Complex Interventions