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What Can Population-Based Studies Tell Us About Pain in the Last Years of Life?

M. C. Reid, MD, PhD
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From Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY 10065.

Grant Support: By the National Institute of Nursing Research (grant R21 NR010200-03A1) and the National Institute on Aging (Edward R. Roybal Center Grant 1 P30 AG022845-07).

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M10-2179.

Requests for Single Reprints: M.C. Reid, MD, PhD, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Box 39, 525 East 68th Street, New York, NY, 10065; e-mail, mcr2004@med.cornell.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2010;153(9):612-613. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-153-9-201011020-00013
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In this issue, Smith and colleagues used data from the Health and Retirement Study to examine pain in the last 2 years of life. The editorialists highlight these findings, place them in the context of previous research, and discuss their clinical implications. Although we know much about the prevalence and effects of pain among older adults, we know considerably less about pain as patients near death.



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