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From The CriticsReviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: This handbook addresses recent clinical and occupational practices in healthcare, rehabilitation, disability insurance, and workers' compensation industries. It goes on to synthesize and also review current research on what are termed biopsychosocial conditions.
Purpose: The editors make it clear that they wish to facilitate transfer of knowledge and the development of new clinical and occupational practices in healthcare.
Audience: Three different perspectives expressed in the handbook's 30 chapters correspond well with its likely readership, those adhering to biomedical, psychological, and systematic models.
Features: The handbook is organized in five major parts: conceptual and methodological issues, prediction of pain- and psychologically-related conditions, application of disability predictions, early interventions, and the future.
Assessment: The editors frankly admit the handbook contains disparate explanations for complex disability phenomena. They successfully minimize politicization and polarization to support an evidence-based approach. The handbook is neither an easy nor a quick read, but it will yield sizeable dividends for those who pursue its findings.