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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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"The authoritative text on the assessment of patients with chronic pain has been updated and made even more useful. Researchers and clinicians will find this book a dependable and thorough review of pain measurement, behavioral assessment, medical and psychological evaluation, and outcomes studies. No single book does a better job on these topics. This book belongs in the library of all those who provide care to or undertake research on patients with chronic pain."--John D. Loeser, MD, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington

"This is a remarkably scholarly yet readable volume. The internationally known authors provide in-depth explanations of the basic issues and balanced discussions of the controversial ones. The diversity and breadth of coverage make this book superior to many much larger texts. It accomplishes the critically important task of teaching assessment of both the diseases that cause pain and the persons who suffer from pain. It will serve as a useful introductory text for medical students and graduate students in psychology, and as a source of broader knowledge for pain medicine practitioners whose strengths lie in particular disciplines."--Edward C. Covington, MD, Director, Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

"Turk and Melzack have set out to provide a comprehensive review of pain assessment, and they have clearly achieved their goal. Chapter authors are authoritative, well-regarded clinicians and researchers, and their contributions are thought-provoking and concise, with surprisingly little overlap. The book not only covers time-honored theories, questions, and concerns, but also addresses contemporary issues brought about by new discovery and technology. A'must' for pain researchers and clinicians, this volume is also well-suited for classroom use."--Daniel M. Doleys, PhD, Director, Pain and Rehabilitation Institute at Montclair, Birmingham, AL

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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572304888
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 760
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis C. Turk, PhD, is the John and Emma Bonica Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Research at the University of Washington. He was the recipient of the American Psychological Association, Division of Health Psychology, Outstanding Scientific Contribution Award and the American Association of Pain Management's Janet Travell Award. He has over 300 publications and has written and edited 13 volumes. Dr. Turk is currently editor-in-chief of [i]The Clinical Journal of Pain[/i].

Ronald Melzack, PhD, studied psychology at McGill University. After receiving his PhD in 1954, he spent 5 years carrying out physiological research at the University of Oregon Medical School; University College London, England; and the University of Pisa, Italy. Currently he is back at McGill University as a Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Melzack developed the McGill Pain Questionnaire, which is now the most widely used measurement tool for research on pain in human subjects. In addition to more than 200 papers on research and theory, he has written and edited five books.

Drs. Turk and Melzack were recently identified among the top 10 leaders in the field of pain for their contributions to research and treatment development (survey of International Association for the Study of Pain membership, published in [i]The Pain Clinic[/i], 2001).

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Table of Contents

1. The Measurement of Pain and the Assessment of People Experiencing Pain, Dennis C. Turk and Ronald Melzack
I. Measurement of Pain
2. Self-Report Scales and Procedures for Assessing Pain in Adults, Mark P. Jensen and Paul Karoly
3. The McGill Pain Questionnaire: Appraisal and Current Status, Ronald Melzack and Joel Katz
4. Psychophysical Approaches to Measurement of the Dimensions and Stages of Pain, Donald D. Price, Joseph L. Riley, III, and James B. Wade
5. Psychophysiological Assessment of the Patient with Chronic Pain, Herta Flor
6. Pain Assessment in Children and Adolescents, Patricia A. McGrath and Joanne Gillespie
7. Assessment of Pain in Elderly People, Lucia Gagliese
8. Pain Assessment in Persons with Limited Ability to Communicate, Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Carl von Baeyer, and Kenneth D. Craig
II. Assessment of the Behavioral Expression of Pain
9. The Facial Expression of Pain, Kenneth D. Craig, Kenneth M. Prkachin, and Ruth Eckstein Grunau
10. Assessment of Pain Behaviors, Francis J. Keefe, David A. Williams, and Suzanne J. Smith
III. Medical and Physical Evaluation of Patients with Pain
11. Quantification of Function in Chronic Low Back Pain, Peter B. Polatin and Tom G. Mayer
12. Physical and Occupational Therapy Assessment Approaches, Michelle Crites Battie and Laura May
13. Diagnostic Injection, Quinn Hogan
14. Disability Evaluation in Painful Conditions, James P. Robinson
IV. Psychological Evaluation of Patients with Pain
15. Assessment of Psychiatric Disorders, Mark D. Sullivan
16. Assessment of Psychological Status Using Interviews and Self-Report Instruments, Laurence A. Bradley and Nancy L. McKendree-Smith
17. Assessment of Pain Beliefs and Pain Coping, Douglas E. DeGood and Raymond C. Tait
18. Assessment of Couples and Families with Chronic Pain, Joan M. Romano and Karen B. Schmaling
19. Assessment of Psychosocial Context of the Experience of Chronic Pain, Mary Casey Jacob and Robert D. Kerns
20. Presurgical Psychological Screening, Michael E. Robinson and Joseph L. Riley, III
21. Matching Treatment to Assessment of Patients with Chronic Pain, Dennis C. Turk and Akiko Okifuji
V. Specific Pain States and Syndromes
22. Assessment of Acute Pain, Pain Relief, and Pain Satisfaction, Jennifer Haythornthwaite and James A. Fauerbach
23. Clinical Assessment of Low Back Pain, Gordon Waddell and Dennis C. Turk
24. Assessment of Patients with Headache, Frank Andrasik
25. Assessment of Orofacial Pain, Samuel F. Dworkin and Richard Ohrbach
26. The Diagnosis of Myofascial Pain Syndromes, Robert D. Gerwin
27. Assessment of Neuropathic Pain, Robert H. Dworkin, Elna M. Nagasako, and Bradley S. Galer
28. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Stephen Bruehl, Herbert G. Steger, and R. Norman Harden
29. Chronic Pelvic Pain, Ursula Wesselmann
30. How to Assess Cancer Pain, Karen O. Anderson, Karen L. Syrjala, and Charles S. Cleeland
VI. Methodological Issues
31. Epidemiological and Survey Methods: Assessment of Chronic Pain, Michael Von Korff
32. Relying on Objective and Subjective Measures of Chronic Pain: Guidelines for Use and Interpretation, Samuel F. Dworkin and Jeffrey J. Sherman
33. Assessment of Treatment Outcomes in Clinical Practice: A Survival Guide, Akiko Okifuji and Dennis C. Turk
34. Assessment of Pain and Pain-Related Quality of Life in Clinical Trials, Robert H. Dworkin, Elna M. Nagasako, Roderick D. Hetzel, and John T. Farrar
35. The Future of Imaging in Assessment of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain, Anthony Jones
36. Trends and Future Directions in Human Pain Assessment, Dennis C. Turk and Ronald Melzack
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