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From The CriticsReviewer: Deborah Lewis, EdD, RN(Slippery Rock University )
Description: Presented in a workbook format for patients who are living with chronic pain, this book is intended to help patients reduce their pain and develop coping skills to improve their lives. First published in 1995, this is the third edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to help those with chronic pain reduce their pain through mind-body techniques, with an overall goal of restoring healthful living. Pain is a significant national health problem and it is the most common reason individuals seek medical care, with millions of medical visits annually; costing the American public more than $100 billion each year in healthcare, compensation and litigation.
Audience: Although the book is clearly written, it may be too lengthy for persons with low literacy reading skills. However, chapter summaries are helpful and provide a nice synthesis of the information.
Features: The book includes real life techniques and tools that may help patients dealing with chronic pain. It provides an evidence-based approach to describing chronic pain and introducing mind-body strategies to support those seeking to improve their health. Chapters focus on the power of the mind, nutrition, medication, and effective communication. The author includes downloadable audio files and removable worksheet pages that encourage readers to apply the strategies to their own life.
Assessment: This comprehensive overview of chronic pain provides useful strategies. The author includes citations that support the effectiveness of the strategies described in the book. Each subsequent edition has incorporated updated evidence to support the content.