Description: This book is a complete, easy review and comprehensive explanation of how to compose and build up a properly conformed pain program. It explains psychiatry diagnosis with beautifully arranged tables.
Purpose: The purpose is to systematize the author's thinking about how to develop a pain program that is able to help patients reestablish control over their pain and its effects. This book is sorely needed so that patients can succeed in managing their pain and absorbing their frustration and changing it to hope and function. I believe the book meets the author's objectives easily and comprehensively.
Audience: According to the author, this book is written for patients so they understand how to cope with their pain and benefit from the pain program. According to my judgment, it is for pain management practitioners and managers of pain programs. The author is a credible authority in the field of pain management, especially the psychological aspects.
Features: This book covers the models of pain and the factors which influence it. It also discusses how to conform a successful pain program and how to evaluate patients in pain. The best things are the explanatory tables and conclusive key points charts. Other unique features include differential diagnosis models and appendixes. However, more details about physical and psychological rehabilitation are needed as well as elaboration on the effects of the workers compensation system on the outcome of pain programs.
Assessment: This book collects dispersed information about pain management programs in one place, providing easy and comprehensive models of diagnosis and work-ups of patients in pain. The tables and key points charts are an excellent synopsis of each chapter. The book helps modify and improve the management and outcome of pain programs.