Pain in Older People Special Interest Group (SIG)

The British Geriatrics Society launched its Pain in Older People Special Interest Group in 2015. It is affiliated to the British Pain Society with which it has collaborated in developing important guidelines in the assessment and management of pain in older people. It has also published an extensive supplement to the Age and Ageing journal, on the management of pain in older people.

Membership of the SIG is free. The SIG welcomes doctors, nurses and therapists as members of the SIG and membership of the British Geriatrics Society is not a prerequisite.

The aims of the group are to:

  • Increase awareness of Pain and its management in older people among geriatricians and medical staff looking after older people.
  • Improve the quality of care for older people with pain.
  • Provide and co-ordinate expertise in the field of Pain amongst members of the Society.
  • Promote research in this very common and largely mistreated area in older people.
  • Provide an informal forum to present clinical work and research.
  • Attract and channel expertise from non-BGS members, e.g. general practitioners and specialist nurses.
  • Promote links between the British Geriatric Society and other medical and non-medical societies e.g. British Pain Society.
  • Act as a co-ordinating group for large-scale multicentre studies.

For further resources on the assessment and management of pain, see the website of the British Pain Society.