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Talks at Twelve: Catherine Riffin, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Communication and Treatment Planning among Older Adults with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
Catherine Riffin, Human Development, Cornell University

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
12:00pm -1:00pm
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room


This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

Chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) is a pervasive and debilitating health problem for older adults. However, little is known about when and why older adults seek advice from others (e.g., relatives, friends) about pain treatment. This talk will present the findings from semi-structured interviews with Hispanic and non-Hispanic older adults with CNCP. Themes derived from qualitative analyses will explore patients’ social and decisional preferences regarding their pain care. Clinical implications and future research directions will also be discussed.

Catherine Riffin is currently a fourth year doctoral student in Human Development. Upon completing her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 2008, she pursued pediatric anxiety research at Brown Medical School. Since arriving at Cornell, she has begun to explore the relational and psychological components of aging. Her primary line of research now concerns the impact of chronic pain on family relationships in later life.

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