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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jennifer E Tyrrell, BScN, MN (The Hospital for Sick Children)
Description: This is a guide to help patients and families understand pain. Among the unique characteristics of the book are the suggestions on how to give a complete pain history to a healthcare provider and the emphasis on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach, often forgotten in guides/books aimed at patients and families.
Purpose: The purpose is to help the reader develop a framework for understanding pain and become better prepared to manage the life changes associated with pain. This is a worthy objective as everyone will experience pain at some point in his lifetime. The topics in the guide meet the stated objectives well.
Audience: According to the author, the intended audience includes patients and families experiencing or affected by pain. My only concern is that the reading level is too high for the audience. The language and level of detail (e.g., anatomy and physiology) are more appropriate for a healthcare practitioner or highly educated patient/family member (college level).
Features: The book covers many facets of pain management that are important for patients and families to know. However, the design is not innovative and includes a minimal amount of illustrations. The glossary is comprehensive and the list of resources is excellent for patients and families who would like more information.
Assessment: Overall, the book meets a need for many patients and families struggling to deal with this very common condition. I am just concerned that the language and amount of information might be overwhelming for some.