CUHK-Jockey Club Pain Relief Project for the Seniors Preliminary Data Shows 90% of Interviewed Elderly Have at Least Two Pain Sites
|Body part or point which is reported the most painful||Percentage|
Other than knee, back and shoulder, pain sites including hip, neck and feet were reported by some of the elderly. Their psychological and physical conditions were also learnt through the questionnaire. Results showed 40% of them have mild to moderate levels of anxiety and close to 80% are approaching early-frailty and frailty. On top of that, 20% may develop sarcopenia.
Dr. Regina Wing Shan SIT, Associate Professor of Practice in Family Medicine, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK and Director of the CUHK-Jockey Club Pain Relief Project for the Seniors, remarked, “Our preliminary data proved that many of the elderly with chronic pain also have to deal with their emotional and other physical problems. They may withdraw themselves from exercise and social life because of the pain and unfortunately their ability to move and socialise deteriorates further. This community-based project provides public health education, workshops, case follow-up, counselling and pain relief training to promote patient care for the elderly with chronic pain. Our cross-disciplinary team consists of doctors and nurses, Chinese medicine practitioners, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, counselors and fitness coaches. The service is provided in a stepped-care model with a comprehensive approach, to promote pain relief training. A pain rehabilitation exercise programme, taichi and pilates are three of the many courses that attract participants’ attention. In the long run, we wish to come up with solutions which improve the bone and muscle health of seniors, from the data collected.”
|Level 1||Participating in public talks and health exhibitions|
|Level 2||Enrolling in self-therapy workshops|
|Level 3||Consultation with nurse/ physical or occupational therapists|
|Level 4||Consultation with family doctors|
The Project is now recruiting 1,200 participants who are aged 60 or above, suffering from pain for at least three months. Interested individuals can register online via https://cloud.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/mycuform/view.php?id=286625 or call 2609-5628/ 2609-5050 for more information.