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Seminar examines pain management problems for the elderly

ATHENS, Ohio (June 3, 2004) -- The summer series of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine's Geriatric Education Series begins Monday, June 7, with Steven Clay, D.O., OU-COM associate professor of geriatric medicine, presenting "Pain Management Problems in Geriatrics." The seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in conference room B-9 at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital.

Clay's presentation will focus on topics such as chronic pain and pain assessments, and available treatments for those ailments.

"Dr. Clay's discussion of available treatments will include the use of analgesics and the limitations of analgesics as well as opiates and opiate addiction," said Ellen Peterson, R.N., OU-COM geriatric education coordinator.

"He will also discuss psychological interventions, multidisciplinary treatments and treatment goals."

Clay will also discuss legal issues such as addiction and intractable pain law. In addition, he will focus on case studies with patients who have serious pain management problems such as terminal breast cancer, Alzheimer's disease or severe degenerative bone disease.

Health-care professionals are invited to attend the seminar. Brown bags are welcome. For more information, call the Geriatric Education Center at (740) 593-2258. Each lecture in this series of Geriatric Medicine/Gerontology seminars is held from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month at O'Bleness, B-9.

This is the first seminar in the summer series. The next seminar, "Assistive Technology for Communication Rehabilitation," will be presented by Kimberly Hale, June 21. "Skin Ulcer Assessment and Management" will be presented by Karen Zehtab, July 19. "An Introduction to the Care of Older Adults" will be presented by Allison Batchelor, M.D., August 2; and "Balance and Gait Instability" will be presented by Sam Simons, August 16. There will be no seminar on July 5, due to the Independence Day holiday.

"The seminars are designed for an interdisciplinary audience," Peterson said. "Health professionals from the community regularly attend, in addition to interns, residents and medical students. The diversity of disciplines represented by the participants makes for an interesting exchange of ideas."

The sponsors of the seminars include OU-COM's Department Geriatric Medicine/Gerontology, the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center and Area Health Education Center, and the Consortium for Health Education in Appalachia Ohio.

Peterson said the seminar series was started by a federal grant that established OU-COM as a contribution site to the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center in September 1994 and has supported many continuing education programs. Provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, the grant supports educational programs in geriatric and gerontology for physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors and health-care providers to 22 Southeastern Ohio counties.

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