Biobehavioral Approaches to Pain

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Rhonda J. Moore
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 16, 2008 - Medical - 568 pages
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Pain is a common symptom, yet it is frequently underevaluated and undertreated. It is difficult to define, describe—and sometimes to prove. It’s pain, and suspicions of exaggerations often add further insult to a patients’ injuries. Biobehavioral Approaches to Pain translates this highly subjective experience—and its physical, psychological, social, and cultural dimensions—into practical insights key to transforming the field of pain management.

This pathbreaking volume synthesizes a rich knowledge base from across disciplines, including neurobiologic, genetic, biobehavioral, clinical, narrative, substance abuse, health services,ethical and policy perspectives, for a deeper understanding of the impact of pain on individual lives and the larger society. Its international panel of contributors highlights special issues and review best practice guidelines, from placebo effects to cancer, Whiplash Associated Disorders to pain imaging to complementary medicine, phantom limb pain to gene therapies to AIDS. Among the topics covered:

  • The distinction between acute and chronic pain: is it clinically useful?
  • Improving clinical assessment of patients with pain.
  • Age and sex differences in pain.
  • The what, how and why of the placebo and nocebo effect
  • Psychosocial and partner-assisted biopsychosocial interventions for disease-related pain
  • Substance abuse issues in pain treatment.
  • The personal, social and economic costs of chronic pain.

Biobehavioral Approaches to Pain offers clinical and health professionals, psychologists, as well as specialists in pain management or palliative care, new directions in their ongoing dialogue with patients. Given the prevalence of pain in the general population, it should also interest researchers and students in the field of public health.

 

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Contents

The Experience of Pain and Suffering from Acute and Chronic Pain
1
The Neuroanatomy of Pain and Pain Pathways
17
The Genetic Epidemiology of Pain
45
Pain and the Placebo Effect
65
The Narrative Approach to Pain
85
A Biopsychosocial Perspective
95
Sex Differences in Pain
125
Pain in Children
149
Pain Measurement
321
Phantom Pain
337
Substance Abuse Issues in the Treatment of Pain
363
The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Pain
381
Imaging Modalities for Pain
409
Pain Transportation Issues and Whiplash
447
Gene Therapy for Chronic Pain
473
Palliative Care and Pain Management in the United States
493

Pain in the Older Person
195
Measuring the Economic Social and Personal Impact of Chronic Pain and its Management
219
A Biobehavioral Approach
259
Pain and Use of Health Services Among Persons Living with HIV
285
Ethical Issues and Public Policy Concerns
515
Index
529
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