Handbook of Pain Assessment, Third Edition

Handbook of Pain Assessment, Third Edition

by Dennis C. Turk
     
 

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This definitive clinical reference comprehensively reviews the most advanced methods for assessing the person in pain. The field's leading authorities present essential information and tools for evaluating psychosocial, behavioral, situational, and medical factors in patients' subjective experience, functional impairment, and response to treatment. Empirically

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This definitive clinical reference comprehensively reviews the most advanced methods for assessing the person in pain. The field's leading authorities present essential information and tools for evaluating psychosocial, behavioral, situational, and medical factors in patients' subjective experience, functional impairment, and response to treatment. Empirically supported instruments and procedures are detailed, including self-report measures, observational techniques, psychophysiological measures, and more. Best-practice recommendations are provided for assessing the most prevalent pain syndromes and for working with children, older adults, and people with communication difficulties. The book also weighs in on the limitations of existing methods and identifies key directions for future research.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
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)
E-Streams

"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."
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." (on previous edition)
Doody's Review Service
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.
Psychosamtics
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)
From the Publisher

"This is the authoritative reference on pain assessment, and has been since the first edition. The Handbook integrates the rapidly growing body of assessment research into a single manageable volume. It reminds us that identifying and measuring meaningful behavioral outcomes--assessing the patient and not just the pain--is the key to the process. The third edition covers new instruments, methods, and procedures, as well as the latest refinements of older instruments. Importantly, it also cautions us not to blindly accept any measure, even the most technical and face-valid. A 'must have' for health care professionals and students."--Beverly E. Thorn, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology, University of Alabama
 
"There is simply no other text or resource that so thoroughly defines the current status of pain assessment. This book is critical to understanding that we do have tools that can help us to objectify the pain experience, even though we are still without a pain ‘meter’ to measure the subjective level of a person’s suffering. With careful assessment, a more effective pain therapy regimen can be created. The importance of assessing the biopsychosocial factors that contribute to the pain experience is still undervalued and underutilized. This well-written, easy-to-read volume from some of the most eminent specialists in the field should be required reading for all health professionals who come into contact with people in pain."--Margaret Caudill-Slosberg, MD, PhD, MPH, Departments of Anesthesiology and Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School
Psychosomatics

"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." (on previous edition)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606239803
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/08/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
542
File size:
9 MB

Meet the Author

Dennis C. Turk, PhD, is the John and Emma Bonica Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Research and Director of the Center for Pain Research on Impact, Measurement, and Effectiveness at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His research focuses on the assessment and treatment of a range of chronic pain conditions, clinical trial design, comparative effectiveness research, subgroup identification and treatment matching, and coping and adaptation. Dr. Turk is a recipient of the John C. Liebeskind Award for Career Contribution to Pain Research from the American Academy of Pain Management and the Wilbert E. Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award from the American Pain Society. 
 
Ronald Melzack, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at McGill University. Dr. Melzack developed the McGill Pain Questionnaire, a widely used measurement tool for research on pain in human subjects. In recognition of his breakthrough research on pain, Dr. Melzack has received numerous awards from groups including the Canadian Psychological Association, Canadian Pain Society, Canada Council for the Arts, American Academy of Pain Management, and American Society of Regional Anesthesia. In 2009, he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

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