Chronic (persistent) pain is now recognized as a disease entity, with a broad range of physical, psychological and environmental maladaptions involving the peripheral and central nervous systems. All healthcare professionals, regardless of specialty, will care for patients with pain that has persisted for more than 6 months. The authors of Fast Facts: Chronic Pain and Cancer Pain - renowned experts in pain medicine - say that this book is aimed primarily at "the wide range of busy healthcare professionals who are well aware that they have experienced little or no education and training to help them manage patients with chronic pain". First Prize winner for Neurology in the 2012 BMA Book Awards, this colorful easy-to-read, yet evidence-packed, book provides a perfect overview to bring a reader up to speed with this vitally important area of pain management.
Table of contents:
Definitions and mechanisms
Assessment of pain
Complex regional pain syndrome
Diabetic and postherpetic neuropathic pain
Persistent postsurgical pain
The multidisciplinary approach and the developments in pain management
"This book would definitely invite me to look for other titles in the Fast Facts series. Its strengths are its layout, content and organization/clear presentation of content. Its clean, colour-coded presentation is also appealing and ‘organized’ which is very important to intended readers who do not have excessive time to read texts. The main accomplishment is tackling and breaking down a subject which may be a source of challenge to most GPs. It makes the theory and practice of pain management feel far more manageable. I think this is a great book with a clear intended readership and the ‘product’ is very much ‘fit for purpose’." - British Medical Association, First Prize Neurology, 2012 BMA Book Awards, 2012.
"I welcome publication of this accessible and highly informative resource, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the key facts among busy frontline practitioners. It plays an important part in our campaign to improve the prevention, treatment and management of chronic pain, and deserves our full endorsement." - Chronic Pain Policy Coalition (review from previous edition).
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