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Psychosocial Aspects of Pain: A Handbook for Health Care Providers
     

Psychosocial Aspects of Pain: A Handbook for Health Care Providers

by Robert H. Dworkin, William Breitbart
 

Psychosocial Aspects of Pain: A Handbook for Health Care Providers is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for clinicians who wish to learn about the psychological, psychiatric, and social aspects of pain. Other books on these topics have targeted mental health specialists. This volume, however, has been prepared for a different audience-pain

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Psychosocial Aspects of Pain: A Handbook for Health Care Providers is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for clinicians who wish to learn about the psychological, psychiatric, and social aspects of pain. Other books on these topics have targeted mental health specialists. This volume, however, has been prepared for a different audience-pain specialists and others in the health care professions, including physicians, nurses, and physical therapists, who would like to learn more about psychosocial issues in the evaluation and treatment of patients with painful conditions. Interest in these aspects of pain and in the particular challenges that often arise in treating pain patients is widespread in health care. This handbook fills an important need by providing, in one convenient volume, a collection of focused reviews of all the information that health care providers need to know about psychosocial aspects of pain.

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: This book, composed of contributions by authors of various specialties, functions as a complete guide on the topic of pain, ranging from its conceptualization, to evaluation, to treatment. The book also highlights special considerations for specific populations of pain patients, such as those with complex regional pain syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Purpose: This work is "intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for healthcare providers who would like to become knowledgeable about psychological, psychiatric, and social aspects of pain."
Audience: The target audience are those clinical providers whose patient population includes individuals with primary or secondary pain disorders. Due to its clinical nature, concepts such as the biological and psychological aspects of pain are explained at a level of detail those without proper training may find challenging to comprehend.
Features: By beginning with the discussion of pain and progressing through its assessment and treatment, the authors provide a detailed analysis of the complicated nature of this problem and its far-reaching effects. Specific chapters dedicated to the pharmacology of pain control, identifying and treating patients with drug abuse, and evaluating compensation claims for patients with chronic pain provide a well-balanced approach to the overall clinical picture of these disorders.
Assessment: Although at times this book is somewhat dry and complex, overall it provides exceptional insight into the concept of pain. I found it valuable for a review of recent research in the area of pain, but found it immeasurably useful with the ongoing treatment of current cases. For those evaluating or treating patients in this population, this book will be an important addition as a source of reference and advice.
3 Stars from Doody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780931092480
Publisher:
International Association for the Study of Pain/IASP Press
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Series:
Progress in Pain Research and Management Ser.
Pages:
665

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