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Now in a revised and expanded second edition, this classic text provides comprehensive coverage of the most advanced methods for assessing the person in pain. The volume addresses the full range of issues--physical pathology, psychosocial factors, and behavioral variables--that influence patients' perception and reporting of pain, as well as their responsiveness to treatment. Leading authorities describe the available instruments and best procedures, review their limitations and advantages, and provide practical information and guidelines for assessing prevalent pain syndromes. The volume has been updated throughout to reflect the latest research findings, conceptual developments, innovative methods, and directions for future investigation. The second edition has been substantially expanded, featuring new chapters on assessment of physical functioning, family assessment, presurgical psychological screening, assessment of psychiatric disorders, diagnostic imaging, diagnostic injections, and issues related to conducting outcomes research and clinical trials. Additionally, coverage of specific syndromes has been augmented, with new chapters on neuropathic pain, complex regional pain, and chronic pelvic pain.

"Provides useful critiques of available methods & detailed recommendations for the use of assessment procedures & measures with diverse populations ranging from children to elders & from acute pain to cancer pain patients."

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an authoritative text on the assessment of both medical and psychological aspects of chronic pain patients....It is a state of the art publication with well referenced chapters covering many aspects of the measurement of pain and the assessment of chronic pain patients. It is an important contribution to the literature that is sure to set the pace for many years to come." --John D. Loeser, M.D.

"Two masters of the field have assembled the best available team. Essential reading for those who wish to consider the critical problem of pain as a condition which one person describes to another." --Professor P.D. Wall, FRS, DM, FRCP

"The book will appeal to psychiatrists interested in chronic pain, but especially to those involved in multidisciplinary research in pain or other "somatic" disorders...The reader is helped to negotiate a path through the growing forest of assessment instruments...For the consultation-liason psychiatrist committed to a true biopsychosocial model, comprehensive pain assessment, as found in this book, is an impressive example of its application...The psychiatric reader will be impressed with the increasing openness of the "medical" writers to the importance of psychological factors in the assessment of pain..." --R. Alec Ramsay, M.D. in General Hospital Psychiatry

Twenty-six articles grouped in sections devoted to medical and physical evaluation of pain patients; the measurement of pain; psychological evaluation of the patient with pain; assessment of the behavioral expression of pain; methodology; special topics (appraisal of pain in children and the elderly, headaches, cancer pain). Describes the available instruments and procedures for pain assessment, reviews their limitations and advantages, and provides guidelines to assist clinicians in selecting methods appropriate to diverse populations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

"This book should be on the bookshelf of anyone who treats patients with chronic pain, anyone who is called upon to assess patients for pain, and anyone who has to teach others how to properly monitor pain states. I would recommend that this book be available to all students, interns, and residents in training programs as a reference when they have patients with pain."--Psychosomatics (on the prior edition)


"Extremely useful both for researchers and clinicians….Researchers might use it to find new useful measurement instruments or review the latest research on these means of assessment. Clinicians from many specialties may find the book useful for learning more about assessing and understanding the pain their patients may be experiencing. This book is recommended for all kinds of medical libraries, from clinical and hospital libraries to academic research libraries."--E-Streams (on the prior edition)

APS (American Pain Society) Bulletin

"The individual chapters are well written, thorough, and an excellent source of information. This volume will undoubtedly prove extremely useful to researchers in decision making concerning instruments to use for the assessment of pain and related variables (e.g., physical and psychological functioning, pain beliefs, and coping strategies) for particular purposes or with specific populations....[It] also will be useful for clinicians of different specialties that wish to learn more about the assessment of patients with pain."--APS (American Pain Society) Bulletin (on the prior edition)

From The Critics
Reviewer: Tariq M. Malik, MD(University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This book reviews the different assessment tools used as part of pain evaluation, including the questionnaires used in clinical research but often mentioned only in passing in most pain textbooks. The book was last updated in 2001, so it was about time for a new edition.
Purpose: It describes the available tools to assess patients in pain. The tools are also analyzed and evaluated to help clinicians and researchers determine which would be most useful in what cases. This book will go a long way in improving pain assessment and, as a result, management of patients in pain.
Audience: Although the book primarily targets physicians involved in pain management, there is something for everyone here. Primary care physicians and palliative care physicians will find this book of great help with their patients. All of the authors are well known in their respective fields.
Features: The book is quite comprehensive in covering the different aspects of pain evaluation. The five chapters in the first section cover the different self reporting tools or questionnaires, while the second section describes pain assessment tools not dependent on patient self reporting. The third section is devoted to pain assessment issues in special populations, such as the elderly and children. The pain assessment process as it applies to different pain syndromes is the subject of the fourth section. The fifth and final section covers miscellaneous topics, including the all important topics of disability assessment in chronic pain, assessing psychiatric disorders in pain, and psychosocial evaluation of patients before surgical intervention. Chapters are well referenced. The book is well written and provides clinically useful information.
Assessment: This is not a clinical handbook of pain which discusses different etiologies of pain and its management. Rather, the book focuses on the comprehensive evaluation of patients who are suffering from pain. It is a source of information for physicians who wish to evaluate how the pain is affecting the patient. The major reason for poor pain management is poor or incomplete pain assessment. This book will provide all one needs to master the issue of pain assessment. It should be read by every physician who treats patients with chronic pain in their clinical practice, and it is a definite must-read for every pain physician.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898628838
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 491

Meet the Author

Dennis C. Turk is Professor of Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, and Behavioral Science, and Director of the Pain Evaluation and Treatment Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has published over 170 journal articles and chapters in books. Among the seven books he has either authored or edited are Pain and Behavioral Medicine, Pain Management: A Handbook of Psychological Treatment Approaches, and Facilitating Treatment Adherence: A Practitioner's Guidebook. A founding member of both the International Association for the Study of Pain and the American Pain Society, Dr. Turk is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Measurement of Pain and the Assessment of People Experiencing Pain 3
Ch. 2 Self-Reporter Scales and Procedures for Assessing Pain in Adults 15
Ch. 3 The McGill Pain Questionnaire: Appraisal and Current Status 35
Ch. 4 Psychophysical Approaches to Measurement of the Dimensions and Stages of Pain 53
Ch. 5 Psychophysiological Assessment of the Patient with Chronic Pain 76
Ch. 6 Pain Assessment in Children and Adolescents 97
Ch. 7 Assessment of Pain in Elderly People 119
Ch. 8 Pain Assessment in Persons with Limited Ability to Communicate 134
Ch. 9 The Facial Expression of Pain 153
Ch. 10 Assessment of Pain Behaviors 170
Ch. 11 Quantification of Function in Chronic Low Back Pain 191
Ch. 12 Physical and Occupational Therapy Assessment Approaches 204
Ch. 13 Diagnostic Injection 225
Ch. 14 Disability Evaluation in Painful Conditions 248
Ch. 15 Assessment of Psychiatric Disorders 275
Ch. 16 Assessment of Psychological Status Using Interviews and Self-Report Instruments 292
Ch. 17 Assessment of Pain Beliefs and Pain Coping 320
Ch. 18 Assessment of Couples and Families with Chronic Pain 346
Ch. 19 Assessment of the Psychosocial Context of the Experience of Chronic Pain 362
Ch. 20 Presurgical Psychological Screening 385
Ch. 21 Matching Treatment to Assessment of Patients with Chronic Pain 400
Ch. 22 Assessment of Acute Pain, Pain Relief, and Patient Satisfaction 417
Ch. 23 Clinical Assessment of Low Back Pain 431
Ch. 24 Assessment of Patients with Headache 454
Ch. 25 Assessment of Orofacial Pain 475
Ch. 26 The Diagnosis of Myofascial Pain Syndromes 499
Ch. 27 Assessment of Neuropathic Pain 519
Ch. 28 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 549
Ch. 29 Chronic Pelvic Pain 567
Ch. 30 How to Assess Cancer Pain 579
Ch. 31 Epidemiological and Survey Methods: Assessment of Chronic Pain 603
Ch. 32 Relying on Objective and Subjective Measures of Chronic Pain: Guidelines for Use and Interpretation 619
Ch. 33 Assessment of Treatment Outcomes in Clinical Practice: A Survival Guide 639
Ch. 34 Assessment of Pain and Pain-Related Quality of Life in Clinical Trials 659
Ch. 35 The Future of Imaging in Assessment of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain 693
Ch. 36 Trends and Future Directions in Human Pain Assessment 707
Author Index 717
Subject Index 751
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